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

2 "Everything in the continuum of pure being is eternally new."

3 "Sensitiveness to beauty brings insights and visions which humanity does not otherwise attain." Ordway Tead

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 "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."

6 "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."

7 "Underlying continuity seems to characterize the flow and the flowering of all that occurs, and seems to indicate that while all things happen gradually in the time sense of human beings they may be happening instantaneously in the more absolute sense of final truth."

8 "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."

9 "Whenever man experiences what he calls the beautiful, he enjoys a sense of growth in the direction of integration. It gives him an insight into the quality of wholeness or relatedness that underlies the apparently separate parts and incidents of being."

10 "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."

11 "The Beautiful is the Now, boundless continuum. This is the eternity to which we belong. Our eternity is now."

12 "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."

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

14 "Man questions; the artist in him answers. The answer is as true as the vision is sound."

15 "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."

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

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

18 "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."

19 "The artist achieves by intuition, feeling, and perception of form what the scientist aims at by logic and exploration. In science, as in art, the essential drive is toward seeing whole."

20 "What we see is no more and no less than what we are."

21 "Events form highly integrated patterns and there is a deep relatedness running through all things."

22 "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."

23 "Mature vision apprehends life as a beautifully spontaneous, boundless, and serene form to which we belong. What it suggests to us is infinite. What it promises is eternal."

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

25 "The character structure of the mature and integrated personality, the productive character, constitutes the source and the basis of virtue." Erich Fromm

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite