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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 "Mature vision apprehends life as a beautifully spontaneous, boundless, and serene form to which we belong. What it suggests to us is infinite. What it promises is eternal."

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

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

5 "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."

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

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

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

9 "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."

10 "To see soundly is to see whole."

11 "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."

12 "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."

13 "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."

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

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

16 "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."

17 "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."

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

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

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

21 "This sense of rounded completeness is always in man's mind as a background hope to all his thoughts and activities. He imagines his own lifetime to have a rounded completeness."

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

23 "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."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite