Quotes about Creative Vision

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If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newton (December 25, 1642 – March 20, 1726/27), English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
John Fitzgerald (February 11, 1863 – October 2, 1950), American politician

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924), American politician and the 28th President of the United States

What would it be like to have not only color vision but culture vision, the ability to see the multiple worlds of others.
Mary Catherine Bateson (born December 8, 1939), American writer and cultural anthropologist

Living Into the Great Paradox, I strive toward my vision, while accepting gratefully whatever life serves up. I work to bring about my vision of the future, which is based on my value system of what is right, just, noble, compassionate, generous, humane, peaceful, and loving. Simultaneously, I accept that my vision is based on only my opinions and prejudices, and I honor all points of view and value systems, no matter how different from my own.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie, American author of self-awareness books

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We could say we want the Web to reflect a vision of the world where everything is done democratically. To do that, we get computers to talk with each other in such a way as to promote that ideal.
Tim Berners-Lee (born 8 June 1955), English computer scientist

Meaningful Vision

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
Publilius Syrus (fl. 85–43 BC), Latin writer

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), American Transcendentalist philosopher, essayist

People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Such is the influence which the condition of our own thoughts, exercises, even over the appearance of external objects. Men who look on nature, and their fellow-men, and cry that all is dark and gloomy, are in the right; but the sombre colours are reflections from their own jaundiced eyes and hearts. The real hues are delicate, and need a clearer vision.
Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 –June 9, 1870), English writer

A man has not seen a thing who has not felt it.
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862), American poet, transcendentalist philosopher

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

What we see depends mainly on what we are looking for.
John Lubbock (April 30,1834 – 28 May 1913), banker, philanthropist, scientist and polymath

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 –November 30, 1900), Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Henri Bergson (18 October 1859 – 4 January 1941), French philosopher

When I eat a tomato I look at it the way anyone else would. But when I paint a tomato, then I see it differently.
Henri Matisse (December 31, 1869 –November 3,1954), French artist

A great thought begins by seeing something differently, with a shift of the mind’s eye.
Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955), German-born theoretical physicist

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein

Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible.
Paul Klee (December 18, 1879 –June 29, 1940), Swiss-German artist

The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.
Paul Klee

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 –April 8, 1973) Spanish painter and sculptor

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso

Painting is a blind man’s profession. He never paints what he sees, but what he feels.
Pablo Picasso

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944), French writer, poet and pioneering aviator

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
James Michener (February 3, 1907 – October 16, 1997), American author

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Simone Weil (February 3,1909 –August 24, 1943), French philosopher, mystic, and political activist

Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it.
Thaddeus Golas ( June 15,1924 –April 16,1997), American author

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.
Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 –April 27, 1998), American author and anthropologist

Life is the movie you see through your own eyes. It makes little difference what’s happening out there. It’s how you take it that counts.
Denis Waitley (born 1933), American motivational speaker, writer

Creative Vision

The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.
Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Greek philosopher

To develop a complete mind, study the science of art, study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), Italian Renaissance painter and polymath

When you look at a wall spotted with stains…you may discover a resemblance to various landscapes, beautiful with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees. Or again, you may see battles and figures in action, or strange faces and costumes, and an endless variety of objects which you could reduce to complete and well-drawn figures.
Leonardo Da Vinci

In painting, vision has nothing to do with sight.
Andrew Hamilton (c.1676 – August 4, 1741), Scottish lawyer

Sight is a faculty; seeing is an art.
George Perkins Marsh (March 15, 1801 – July 23, 1882), American diplomat and philologist

Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and who can say which has the wider vision?
Victor Hugo (February 26, 1802 –May 22,1885), French poet, novelist, and dramatist

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
James Whistler (July 10, 1834 – July 17, 1903), American artist

Some men see things as they are and ask ‘why?
I dream things that never were and ask, ‘why not?
George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 –November 2, 1950), Irish playwright

Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.
Georges Seurat (December 2, 1859 –March 29,1891), French post-Impressionist painter

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
James Allen (November 28, 1864 –January 24,1912), British philosophical writer

I walk in the garden, I look at the flowers and shrubs and trees and discover in them an exquisiteness of contour, a vitality of edge, or a vigour of spring, as well as an infinite variety of colour that no artefact I have seen in the last sixty years can rival…each day, as I look, I wonder where my eyes were yesterday.
Bernhard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959), American art historian

There is no art without contemplation.
Robert Henri (June 24, 1865 – July 12, 1929), American painter

Philosophy, for Plato, is a kind of vision, the ‘vision of truth’…Everyone who has done any kind of creative work has experienced, in a greater or less degree, the state of mind in which, after long labour, truth or beauty appears, or seems to appear, in a sudden glory – it may only be about some small matter, or it may be about the universe. I think that most of the best creative work, in art, in science, in literature, and in philosophy, has been a result of just such a moment.
Bertrand Russell (May 18,1872 –February 2,1970), British philosopher, mathematician, writer

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946), American novelist, poet, playwright

Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.
Albert Schweitzer (January 14,1875 –September 4,1965), French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
Paul Klee (December 18, 1879 –June 29, 1940), Swiss-German artist
Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.
Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967), prominent American realist painter

Therefore art means: you have to believe, to have faith, that is, cultivate vision.
Josef Albers (March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976), German-born American artist

That is why I believe that art is so much more significant than either economics or philosophy. It is the direct measure of man’s spiritual vision.
Herbert Read (December 4,1893 –June 12,1968), English art historian, poet, literary critic and philosopher

Now I really make the little idea from clay, and I hold it in my hand. I can turn it, look at it from underneath, see it from one view, hold it against the sky, imagine it any size I like, and really be in control almost like God creating something.’
Henry Moore (July 30, 1898 –August 31, 1986), English artist

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944), French writer, poet and pioneering aviator

If you can dream it, you can do it.
Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), American entrepreneur, animator, and film produce

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.
James A Michener (February 3, 1907 – October 16, 1997), American author

To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity, and creative strength.”
Lawrence Clark Powell, (September 3, 1906–March 14, 2001), American author librarian, literary critic

If the individual is narrowly concentrated on the goal, to the exclusion of other relevant aspects of the problem situation, he is often unable to achieve a solution. The creative thinker must stand sufficiently detached from his work.
Mary Henle (July 14, 1913 -November 17, 2007), American psychologist

The impulse to write a novel comes from a momentary unified vision of life.
SirAngus Frank Johnstone Wilson (August 11,1913 –May 31,1991), English novelist and short story writer

It was an elevating, transforming vision: a new, fresh, vigorous, and above all morally regenerate people rising from the obscurity to defend the battlements of liberty and then in triumph standing forth, heartening and sustaining the cause of freedom everywhere.
Bernard Bailyn (born September 9, 1922), American historian and author

If you ask me, what is helpful to creativity is training the eye to notice things, to observe closely and precisely, being careful not to make a muddle of it.
Ian Graham (born 12 November 1923), British historian, Mayanist

I have a flood of ideas in my mind. I just follow my vision.
Yayoi Kusama (born March 22, 1929), Japanese artist and writer

The marvelous vision of the Peaceable Kingdom, in which all violence has been overcome and all men, women, and children live in loving unity with nature, calls for its realization in our day-to-day lives. Instead of being an escapist dream, it challenges us to anticipate what it promises. Every time we forgive our neighbor, every time we make a child smile, every time we show compassion to a suffering person, every time we arrange a bouquet of flowers, offer care to tame or wild animals, prevent pollution, create beauty in our homes and gardens, and work for Peace and justice among peoples and nations we are making the vision come true.
Henri J.M. Nouwen (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996), Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer

While most managers spend their time attempting to predict the future accurately -and while that’s valuable -the best managers are able to generate a future which was not going to happen otherwise – that is, a future which was not predictable.
Werner Erhard (born John Paul Rosenberg; September 5, 1935), American author and critical thinker

Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.
Jean Houston (born 10 May 1937), American author

Vision together with imagination is what makes a creative idea become a work of art.
Hap Hagood (born in 1946), American artist and sculptor

Clarity of painting comes from clarity of vision. A painter has to be emotionally right out there and present, both to perceive and to express.
Kate Palmer (born on July 28, 1948), American artist

Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.
Haruki Murakami (born January 12, 1949), Japanese writer

I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.
Carol Ann Duffy (born 23 December 1955), Scottish poet and playwright

To paint from the heart is to render your vision without compromise.
Stella Violano (born in 1965), American artist

I love when people have their own creative vision, when a person stands out and tries different things.
Ciara (born October 25, 1985), American singer, songwriter, and actress

Creative expansion cannot happen without vision.
Pearl Zhu, American author and innovator

Creativity is infused with an inner cohesion and comes from a vision of uniqueness.
Pearl Zhu

You must capture in your painting your own internal impressions and visions.
Van Waldron, American artist

I try to empathize with the retinal image, to try to find a connection in creating a ‘felt’ sense of structure, form and value.
Jeanean Songco Martin, American painter, art educator and musician.

Vision as the method

Enhance and intensify one’s vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality.
Ovid (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), Roman poet

The instruction shows the way and the method. The vision is the work of one who has wished to see.
Japanese proverb

The eye altering, alters all.
William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827), English poet and painter

Better keep youself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 –November 2, 1950), Irish playwright

They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931), Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer

I believed that by a process of what I can only describe as inward dilation of the eyes I could increase my actual vision.
Paul Nash (May 11, 1889 –July 11, 1946), British surrealist painter

The organization of light and shadow effects produce a new enrichment of vision.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (July 20, 1895 – November 24, 1946), Hungarian painterand photographer

The popular eye is not untrained; it is only wrongly trained – trained by inferior and insincere visual representations.
Ben Shahn (September 12, 1898 – March 14, 1969), Lithuanian-bornAmerican artist

For the resolving powers of our scientific instruments decide, at a given moment, of the size and the vision of our Universe, and of the image we then make of ourselves.
Albert Claude (August 24, 1899 –May 22, 1983), Belgian medical doctor and biologist

I looked with chameleon eyes upon the changing face of the world, looked with anonymous vision upon my uncompleted self.
Anais Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) French essayist and memoirist

I hold it imperative to evolve an instrument of thought which will aid in cutting through all cultural opiates, past and present, so that a direct, immediate, and truly free vision can be achieved.
Clyfford Still (November 30, 1904 – June 23, 1980), American painter

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
Ayn Rand (February, 2 1905 – March 6, 1982), Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright

I had always made pictures as I thought I saw the world, focusing on what lay in front, but this is not how one sees the world. It only frames the centre and cuts off the lateral vision, which lies unfocused. Now I found that I could turn my eye to the adjacent field of vision, seeing another focus, an extension which I added to the original. Instead of stopping at two focuses, I looked further to the side, adding another and yet another…
Joseph Plaskett (July 12, 1918 –September 21, 2014), Canadian painter

The fact was I had the vision… I think everyone has… what we lack is the method.
Jack Kerouac ( March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969), American novelist and poet

Discover the tools to build your own vision.
Mary Anne Radmacher, American writer and artist

Symbolic World

Knowledge is love and light and vision.
Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968), American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was known as a deaf-blind genius

The visible world only becomes the real world by the operation of thought.
Jean Metzinger (June 24,1883 –November 3, 1956), French painter, theorist, writer and poet

A new vision and understanding of something demands a new way of talking about it, for the old terminology gets in the way of this effort. Stubbornly entrenched behind the words coined by a particular conceptual orientation are its secrete prejudices. Any attempt to open out an adequately human vista onto the phenomena of undisturbed existence must include a critique of the most important idea of traditional biology, physiology, and psychology.
Medard Boss (October 4, 1903 – December 21, 1990), Swiss psychoanalytic psychiatrist

A different language is a different vision of life.
Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993) was an Italian film director and scriptwriter

We might hypothetically possess ourselves of every technological resource on the North American continent, but as long as our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be revolutionary but not transformative.
Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012), American poet, essayist and radical feminist

Vision doesn’t work like a camera; the mind is an interpreter of constantly fed information – not just from your eyes, but also from all your sensory inputs, simultaneously. These are your interfaces to the world. Your mind decodes and understands the information based on a lifetime of constructions, memories, desires and learning… it is through all that that we “see.”
Doug and Mike Starn (born 1961), American artists, identical twins

Our job is not to set things right but to see them right.
Eric Butterworth( September 12, 1916 –April 17, 2003), Canadian and American theologian, philosopher,spiritual icon in the Unity Movement

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 –April 8, 1973) Spanish painter and sculptor

You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
James Allen (November 28, 1864 –January 24,1912), British philosophical writer

To be continued

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