Javier Marias ~ Illusions
“Illusions are important. What you remember can be as important as what really happens.”
Javier Marias
Milan Kundera ~ My Ambition
"My lifetime ambition has been to unite the seriousness of question with the lightness of form.”
—Milan Kundera
Hannah Arendt ~ Culture Versus Entertainment
Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world;
entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.
Hannah Arendt
Sylvia Plath ~ Loneliness
“And the danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


Alone
Emilio Longoni - 1900
Marcel Proust ~ The Multiplication Of Worlds
"Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists..."
Marcel Proust
Vincent Van Gogh ~ To Live More Musically
“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”
― Vincent van Gogh
The Old Tower in the Fields, 1884
Paul Gauguin ~ Beauty
Blue Trees, 1888

“Moved by an unconsious sentiment born out of solitude and savagery - idle tales of a noughty child who sometimes reflects and who is always a lover of the beautiful - the beauty that is personal - the only beauty that is human.”
― Paul Gauguin, Intimate Journals

Clovis Gauguin asleep, 1884
Claude Monet ~ A Desire To Do Everything
“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
― Claude Monet

Water Lilies (detail), 1914, 1917
Gustave Courbet ~ Beauty
“Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it.”
― Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French, Realism, 1819–1877)
 Still Life with Apples and Pears, 1871
Rene Magritte ~ The Unknown
"The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown."
René Magritte


Rene Magritte (1898-1967)
The Lovers
Oil on canvas
1928