“One of the unexpectedly important things that art can do for us is teach us how to suffer more successfully.
,,,We need help in finding honour in some of our worst experiences, and art is there to lend them a social expression.”
-Alain de Botton & John Armstrong, Art as Therapy
“There is singularly nothing that makes a difference a difference in beginning and in the middle and in ending except that each generation has something different at which they are all looking. By this I mean so simply that anybody knows it that composition is the difference which makes each and all of them then different from other generations and this is what makes everything different otherwise they are all alike and everybody knows it because everybody says it.” -Gertrude Stein, Composition as Explanation
“The infinity of space and time separates us from God. How are we to seek for him?… We are incapable of progressing vertically. We cannot take a step toward the heavens. God crosses the universe and comes to us.
Over the infinity of space and time, the infinitely more infinite love of God comes to possess us. He comes at his own time…”
-Simone Weil, Waiting for God
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
note: quoted in the book, BIRDS ART LIFE,A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear, which I just finished. Funny, informative, crisp.
“All we have in life is life. Things do not make life, life. The gift of life, the secret of life,is that it must be developed from within ourselves, not from what we collect or consume as we go through it, not even from what we experience in the course of it…(but from) a set of values,an attitude of mind, a way of going through life designed to bring life to life.”-Joan Chittister, Illuminated Life
“We look not at the things which are what you would called seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal.But the things that are not seen are eternal.”
– Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time.
“Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.”
– David Foster Wallace, String Theory
This past weekend Mrs. Abstract and I stayed in Union Inn Hotel built in 1880 in Volcano, Amador County,CA.
The hotel has a small well library. I found a wonderful book, Home, written by Beth Powing.
“ It was November, our first autumn in the farm. The ground was frozen, there were white crystals in the black ice on the end and the sun traveled low across the sky.
We went into the woods to cut next year’s firewood.”
–Beth Powing, Home, Chronicle of a North Country Life
note: I’m sorry I’m slightly behind in my blog. I’m immersed in chess. I’m following the World Chess Championship in New York,N.Y between Magnus Carlsen, current world champion from Norway, who battles Sergei Karjakin, the challenger from Russia.
“The poet is always our contemporary. Our being for the moment is centred and constricted, as in any violent shock of personal emotion. Afterwards, it is true, the sensation begins to spread in wider rings through our minds; remoter senses are reached; these begin to sound and to comment and we are aware of echoes and reflections. The intensity of poetry covers an immense range of emotion.”-Virginia Woolf, How Should One Read A Book
“As both a student of history and a man devoted to living in the present, I admit that I do not spend a lot of time imagining how things might otherwise have been. But I do like to think there is a difference between being resigned to a situation and reconciled to it.”-Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
note: A Gentleman in Moscow is the book I am currently reading and enjoying it immensely.