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

2 "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."

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

4 "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."

5 "Art at its most elevated is not so dependent upon skill as upon virtue. Virtue is pre-eminent dedication to a life of truth."

6 "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."

7 "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."

8 "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'

9 "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."

10 "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."

11 "A mathematical concept or a moral concept may lead as certainly toward a sense of beauty as may a strictly aesthetic one."

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

13 "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."

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

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

16 "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."

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

18 "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."

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

20 "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."

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

22 "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."

23 "To see soundly is to see whole."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite