Slow Living and Quotes About Art (A Baker’s Dozen)

“Someday, everything is gonna be diff’rent, when I paint my masterpiece.”
— Bob Dylan

It’s kind of funny how the most disorganized people seem buy the most books dealing with clutter and the challenge of staying organized. I’ve bought several myself, and even when we’re told what to do it’s never easy.

In the same way the “Slow Living” movement seems to be attracting increasing numbers of adherents who are reading increasing numbers of books on this theme. Why? Because we’re all too conscious of the wearisomeness created by our turbulent, fast-paced lives.

So it is that I began listening to the audio book Slow Living this week. In the intro our author shared several stories about his own excessively manic life, and the “aha!” moment that awakened him to his need for a life change.

All good so far. But then, he went too far. He stated that one of the bad things fast-living people do is adopt lifestyles of multi-tasking. He then said we should not listen to this audiobook while driving our car, but while doing nothing else. Naturally I was driving my car when he said this, as I am eating breakfast while I write this. Multi-tasking is a way of life. Tonight I will balance the checkbook while watching a movie, just as I do my taxes while watching the NFL playoffs each year. And so, a minute after he said that I ejected the audiobook and began listening to Grover Gardner narrating The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume Two. I’ll slow down some day. I promise.

A Dozen Quotes On Art

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Painting by the author.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Pablo Picasso

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Creativity takes courage. ”
Henri Matisse

“One eye sees, the other feels.”
Paul Klee

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”
Alice Walker

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”
Émile Zola

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” ― Pope John Paul II

“In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn’t creak.”
Tom Robbins

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”
George Bernard Shaw

Do you have a favorite quote about art? Can you share it? I’d like to hear it.

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