Eudora Welty ~ A Passion For Books
“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them ...”
― Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings


Lady Clementina Hawarden
Lady Clementina’s daughter, also called Clementina
1860s
Gustave Flaubert ~ Read To Live
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Henri Roger-Viollet
1893
Jealousy…the Green-ey’d Monster
Edvard Munch - Jealousy (1895)

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello
William Blake ~ On Imagination
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
William Blake


William Blake (1757-1827)
Hecate or the Three Fates
Watercolor and pen and black ink
1795
Monet ~ Love My Art
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
Claude Monet

Palazzo da Mula in Venice 1908
Matisse ~ Is An Artist A Prisoner?
"An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc."
Henri Matisse
Max Ernst ~ On Women’s Nudity
Woman's nudity is wiser than the philosopher's teachings.
Max Ernst

Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, photo by Lee Miller.
Giorgio De Chirico ~ The Dream Versus Life
"Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life."
Giorgio de Chirico

Painting: The two Sisters - (the Jewish Angel)
Umberto Eco ~ We Live For Books
"We Live for Books"
Umberto Eco
(5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016)
Galileo ~ On Truths
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."
Galileo Galilei
Astronomer

Galileo Galilei, was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance. (Wikipedia)
(February 15, 1564 - January 8, 1642)