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

2 "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."

3 "Maturing vision depends increasingly upon two necessities: inward development of self, and communication between growing selves at the altitudes of their subtlest insights."

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

5 "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."

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

7 "The truth revealed by art, by science, by intuition, by thought, is the timeless, sizeless Form of Selfhood and pure being."

8 "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."

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

10 "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."

11 "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."

12 "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."

13 "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."

14 "We bathe in an atmosphere traversed by great spiritual currents."

15 "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."

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

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

18 "In the unified experience of reality the whole process of creation…is a single timeless moment of Divine self-manifestation." R. A. Nicholson, 'Commentary on Rumi'

19 "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."

20 "To see soundly is to see whole."

21 "The me-ness of me, the you-ness of you, seek communion at the levels of our highest intentions."

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

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

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite