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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 "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."

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

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

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

5 "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."

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

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

8 "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."

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

11 "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."

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

13 "To see soundly is to see whole."

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

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

16 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 "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."

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite