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IRENE NEMIROVSKY ~ A FEELING OF SOLITUDE

“But she loved studying and books, the way other people love wine for its power to make you forget. What else did she have? She lived in a deserted, silent house. The sound of her own footsteps in the empty rooms, the silence of the cold streets beyond the closed windows, the rain and the snow, the early darkness, the green lamp beside her that burned throughout the long evenings and which she watched for hours on end until its light began to waver before her weary eyes: this...

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MARC CHAGALL ~ ART FROM THE HEART

Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso, St. Paul de Vence, 1955 -by Philippe Halsman ‘When I work from my heart, almost everything comes right, but when from my head, almost nothing.”

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CHAIM POTOK ~ A WORLD WITHOUT PATRIOTISM

Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty, to true culture, has been a rebel, a ‘universal’ without patriotism, without home, who has found his people everywhere. Chaim Potok

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SAUL BELLOW ~ A GOOD MAN

“He asked himself a question I still would like answered… ‘How should a good man live; what ought he to do?’ Dangling Man~ Saul Bellow Published in 1944, Dangling Man reflected contemporary intellectual preoccupations with the nature of freedom. Source 1001 books

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ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER ~ ON CREATING

“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.” Isaac Bashevis Singer

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VICTOR BRAUNER ~ PAINTER OF THE SURREAL

Title unknown Painter is Victor Brauner (1903-1966) was a Romanian Jewish painter of surrealistic images. I post this painting simple because I love it and because not so many people know the works of Victor Brauner.

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MARC CHAGALL ~ THE DIGNITY OF AN ARTIST

“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.” Marc Chagall 

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BERNARD MALAMUD ~ ON WRITING

Those who write about life, reflect about life. you see in others who you are. Bernard Malamud

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CHARLOTTE SALOMON ~ LIFE? OR THEATER?

Charlotte Salomon (April 16, 1917 – October 10, 1943) was a German-Jewish artist born in Berlin. She is primarily remembered as the creator of an autobiographical series of paintings Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel (Life? or Theatre?: A Singspiel ) consisting of 769 individual works painted between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, while Salomon was in hiding from the Nazis. In October 1943 she was captured and deported to Auschwitz, where she and her unborn child were “apparently gassed soon after her arrival at the camp”.

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