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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 "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."

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

3 "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."

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

5 "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."

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

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

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

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

10 "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."

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

12 "All states of being, seen in principle, are simultaneous in the eternal now." Rene Guenon, 'La Metaphysique Orientale'

13 "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."

14 "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."

15 "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."

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

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

18 "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."

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

20 "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."

21 "To see soundly is to see whole."

22 "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."

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

24 "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'

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