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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 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."

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

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

4 "We are still young and growing is not easy. But there seems to be a prevailing virtue in us, a conscience, which recalls us from our vagrancies and draws us toward the light."

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

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

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

8 "To see soundly is to see whole."

9 "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."

10 "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'

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

12 "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."

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

14 "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."

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

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

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

18 "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."

19 "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."

20 "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."

21 "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."

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

23 "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."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite