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Thursday, April 21, 2011

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” --Albert Camus (French Novelist, Essayist and Playwright).

‎"After I had met Yogaswami many times, I learned to prepare my questions carefully. One day, when I had done so, I approached his hut, took off my shoes, went in and sat down on a straw mat on the earth floor, while he watched me with the attention that never seemed to fail him. ‘Swami,’ I began, ‘I think…’ ‘Already wrong!’ he thundered..." --James George

“Innocence of eye has a quality of its own. It means to see as a child sees, with freshness and acknowledgment of the wonder; it also means to see as an adult sees who has gone full circle and once again sees as a child - with freshness and an even deeper sense of wonder.” —Minor White (July 9, 1908 – June 24, 1976) was an American photographer.

‎"The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard.” --epigraph from “The Razor’s Edge," by William Somerset Maugham, English playwright, novelist and short story writer (January 25, 1874 – December 16, 1965).

    “Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.” --William James. 

‎"...I feel that if any one art can bring him [mankind] back to himself, it is the dance...because rhythm is what creates the universe and everything in it...In a world gone mad, those who have listened to the divine, those who have ever moved in the rhythm of inward joy, must dance now. Let us not wait for the world to be better, let us help to make it better."
-Ruth St. Denis

Ruth St. Denis (January 20, 1879 – July 21, 1968) was an early modern dance pioneer. Photograph: Ruth St. Denis in Radha. (1908) from "The New York Public Library,"

‎"At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise. That denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd." —Albert Camus

“Right now a moment is fleeting by! Capture its reality in paint! To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate. give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been seen before our time.” –Paul Cézanne, January 19, 1839 – October 22, 1906

‎"Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly." –Plotinus (ca. AD 204/5–270)

‎"I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners - all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty - and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold." –Martin Luther King

‎"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness…Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." –Albert Einstein