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Creative Vision for Art and for Life
Richard Guggenheimer
Explains that seeing life as a whole is an innate instinct within humanity, and that this way of seeing is the root to all great art, philosophy, and science.

1 "Man's art offers the gift of music out of mere sound, of wisdom out of awareness, of love out of indifference. These are difficult transmutations. They are accomplished by the alchemy of only the purest motivation."

2 "The human spirit likes to see things whole. Emotionally and intuitionally we seek the sum of the parts as surely as we want the ending to an unfinished theme."

3 "An intelligent being carries within him the wherewithal to surpass himself." Henri Bergson

4 "The sense of the beautiful seems to be directly referable to the quality of wholeness or relatedness that underlies the apparently separate parts and incidents of being."

5 "The most ultimate particles of reality that we can imagine are themselves intangible, unreal except as 'active events'. Things are not ultimately things; they are constellations of energies."

6 "The Beautiful is the Now, and this is the eternity to which we belong."

7 "We must nurture and not kill such germinations of faith as come to us through the ardor of our best meditations, the illumination of our most inspired dreams, the flash of vision."

8 "We must measure reality by man's inner and higher nature. It is the only way to a creative vision of today's world."

9 "There is a profound relationship between creativity and quality of human character."

10 "We are still young and growing is not easy. But there seems to be a prevailing virtue in us, a conscience, which recalls us from our vagrancies and draws us toward the light."

11 "Minds that are peculiarly sensitive to relatedness, to qualities of wholeness in experience, gradually build up a conditioned aptness to recognize evidence of such possibilities more and more infallibly."

12 "Beyond all other arts is the art of being. The need is not merely to have vision but to live it. To be, beautifully; this is the goal of our highest destiny and the clue to our eternity."

13 "Relatedness is both the goal of our searching and the facilitating means."

14 "We must penetrate beyond the restrictions of fragmentary thought to the clarity of integration. Our focus must widen its sights from the partial to the inclusive. Our aim is awareness of a totality."

15 "Seeing whole provides us with many insights. It even enables us to suspect that we endure, that our life is not a span of time bounded by a beginning and an end."

16 "The true artist sees the harmony, the wholeness, the tendencies toward perfection in things everywhere."

17 "Art is the humble and marvelous image of the cosmic order itself….The spirit of the forms is one." Elie Faure

18 "Without virtue a man is not able to confer upon his works the spirit of great art."

19 "This sense of rounded completeness is always in man's mind as a background hope to all his thoughts and activities. He imagines his own lifetime to have a rounded completeness."

20 "Inward development of self, communication between growing selves at the altitudes of their subtlest insights; these are essential to the way forward. Deep introspection, but not alone. Introspection propelled by the incitement of shared discovery."

21 "Being has a beauty that transcends its worst ugliness."

22 "In physics, in biology, in aesthetics, this same Unitary Principle obtains; it is as though the tensions and pressures of conflicting forms in unstable irresolution ultimately find, by their own inner urgencies, and nature's purposive design, a mergent stability, a higher function in the mounting architecture….there seems to be a goal that is as inherently magnetic to all protoplasm and organism as to man himself."

23 "A person of wisdom and generosity can lift the entire level of behavior around him by the assumption of goodness that he projects upon his associates. He looks upon what he finds good in them with love, and they are favorably affected."

24 "Never in all the reaches of history has there been precisely You before, and if you know how to value and cultivate the essence of your innermost sense and sentiencies, you become a creative element in the whole dynamic system."

25 "The essential point emerging from the observations and conclusions of today's science is that the fundamental drive behind human progress and purpose issues from a continuous rise in levels of organization."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite