December 18

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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2003
That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as anothers. We see so much only as we possess. ~ Henry David Thoreau
2004
The Tree that was withered shall be renewed, and he shall plant it in the high places, and the City shall be blessed. Sing all ye people! ~ J. R. R. Tolkien
  • selected by Kalki (From The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King (Book VI, Chapter 5, "The Steward and the King"); in the novel this is a song of a great Eagle heralding the victory of Aragorn's forces against those of Sauron and the Dark Tower.)
  • selected by Kalki
2005
It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die. ~ Steve Biko (born 18 December 1946)
2006
Formerly we used to represent things visible on earth, things we either liked to look at or would have liked to see. Today we reveal the reality that is behind visible things, thus expressing the belief that the visible world is merely an isolated case in relation to the universe and that there are many more other, latent realities. Things appear to assume a broader and more diversified meaning, often seemingly contradicting the rational experience of yesterday. There is a striving to emphasize the essential character of the accidental. ~ Paul Klee (born 18 December 1879)
2007
I cannot be grasped in the here and now. For I reside just as much with the dead as with the unborn. Somewhat closer to the heart of creation than usual. But not nearly close enough. ~ Paul Klee
2008

Suggestions

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. ~ Paul Klee

  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:26, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 03:22, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

Nature can afford to be prodigal in everything, the artist must be frugal down to the last detail. Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn. ~ Paul Klee

  • 3 InvisibleSun 03:26, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 03:22, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it. ~ Paul Klee

  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:51, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:20, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

The main thing now is not to paint precociously but to be, or at least become, an individual. The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions. ~ Paul Klee

  • 3 InvisibleSun 16:51, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:20, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 19:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

I cannot be grasped in the here and now. For I reside just as much with the dead as with the unborn. Somewhat closer to the heart of creation than usual. But not nearly close enough. ~ Paul Klee

  • 4 InvisibleSun 16:51, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:20, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 19:41, 26 April 2008 (UTC)