The Art Of Reading
“Reading is an act of contemplation, perhaps the only act in which we allow ourselves to merge with the consciousness of another human being. We possess the books we read, animating the waiting stillness of their language, but they possess us also, filling us with thoughts and observations, asking us to make them part of ourselves.”
David L. Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

The Artist and His Model - Alexei Harlamoff, 1875
Carl Jung ~ Becoming Whole Or Complete
"To individuals, becoming whole or complete is the process by which we "give birth" to ourselves as both "truly human" and "partially divine" within the Self."
Carl Jung

Frantisek Kupka, Dream, c. 1909
Tamara De Lempicka ~ Do Not Copy
"My goal is never to copy. Create a new style, clear luminous colors and feel the elegance of the models."
Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980)

Tamara de Lempicka
The Green Turban
Anne Bronte ~ The Silent Hour Of Night
“I love the silent hour of night, for blissful dreams may then arise, revealing to my charmed sight what may not bless my waking eyes.”
― Anne Brontë -
Moonlit Landscape, by Edward Steichen, 1907
Evening Whispers
"The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.”
― Olivia Howard Dunbar, The Shell of Sense
Bathers in the Evening
Hippolyte Petitjean - 1902
Virginia Woolf ~ A Reward For Bookwurms?
"When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading."
Virginia Woolf
Anne Frank ~ My Ideals
“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Paul Klee ~ The Eye
"One eye sees, the other feels.”
― Paul Klee
Paul Klee is his studio, 1908

Fish Magic, 1925
Manet ~ Colours Of Nature
There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.
Edouard Manet

The Monet family in their garden at Argenteuil - Edouard Manet
Primo Levi ~ God Does Not Exist
" I must say that the experience of Auschwitz for me was such as to sweep away any remnants of the religious education that I had had...Auschwitz existed, therefore God cannot exist. I find no solution to that dilemma. I seek a solution, but I don't find it. "
Primo Levi