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I was not ready for abstraction. I clung to earth and her dear shapes, her density, her herbage, her juice. I wanted her volume, and I wanted to hear her throb. (Quote by - Emily Carr)

The love of fame is too high and delicate a feeling in the mind to be mixed up with realities, it is a solitary abstraction. * * * A name "fast anchored in the deep abyss of time" is like a star twinkling in the firmament, cold, silent, distant, but eternal and sublime; and our transmitting one to posterity is as if we should contemplate our translation to the skies. (Quote by -William Hazlitt)

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself. (Quote by -Henry Havelock Ellis)

From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man -- the function of his reasoning mind. (Quote by - Ayn Rand)

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. (Quote by - Terence McKenna)

It is no longer an abstraction, no longer a CNN news item. (Quote by - Bob Carr)

New York... is a city of geometric heights, a petrified desert of grids and lattices, an inferno of greenish abstraction under a flat sky, a real Metropolis from which man is absent by his very accumulation. (Quote by - Roland Barthes)

Even if the central themes were copied, they are too general or of too low a level of abstraction to be capable of protection by copyright law. (Quote by - Peter Smith)

Reflective abstraction, however, is based not on individual actions but on coordinated actions. (Quote by - Jean Piaget)

There is no interruption between my older paintings and my cutouts. Just that with an increasing sense of the absolute, and more abstraction, I have achieved a form that is simplified to its essence. (Quote by - Henri Matisse)

Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation. The movement of behavior is the sure guide to yourself. It's the mirror of your consciousness: this mirror will reveal its content, the images, the attachments, the fears, the loneliness, the joys and sorrow. Poverty lies in running away from this, either in its sublimations or its identities. (Quote by -Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Love is not some complex, mystical abstraction. It is something accessible and human that we learn through our everyday experience, as often at times of failure as in moments of ecstasy. (Quote by - Leo F. Buscaglia)

They like hearing about countries that few, if any, of them have visited. Anytime someone can talk about firsthand experiences it becomes more real. It's not an intellectual abstraction. (Quote by - David Burrows)

The transaction level is a substantially higher level of abstraction than standard behavioral level, and its advantages are compelling. (Quote by - Brett Cline)

I don't have any personal upset at the death penalty as an abstraction, What I do realize is how many mistakes can be made with the way things are being done now. (Quote by - Michael Baden)

Clint Eastwood isn't offensive. He isn't an actor, so one could hardly call him a bad actor. And acting isn't required of him in Magnum Force , which takes its name from the giant's phallus. A tall, cold cod like Eastwood removes the last pretensions to human feeling from the action melodrama, making it an impersonal, almost abstract exercise in brutalization. (Quote by - Dirty Harry)

The country of the tourist pamphlet always is another country, an embarrassing abstraction of the desirable that, thank God, does not exist on this planet, where there are always ants and bad smells and empty Coca-Cola bottles to keep the grubby finger-print of reality upon the beautiful. (Quote by - Nadine Gordimer)

The conception of worth, that each person is an end per se, is not a mere abstraction. Our interest in it is not merely academic. Every outcry against the oppression of some people by other people, or against what is morally hideous is the affirmation of the principle that a human being as such is not to be violated. A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected and revered. (Quote by - Felix Adler)

New York is a city of geometric heights, a petrified desert of grids and lattices, an inferno of greenish abstraction under a flat sky, a real Metropolis from which man is absent by his very accumulation. (Quote by -Roland Barthes)

Far be it for me to have worked it out in any abstract way. I don't know why the bull and Mrs. May have to die, or why Mr. Fortune and Mary Fortune: I just feel in my bones that that is the way it has to be. If I had the abstraction first I don't suppose I would write the story. (Quote by -Flannery O'Connor)

The instinct to command others, in its primitive essence, is a carnivorous, altogether bestial and savage instinct. Under the influence of the mental development of man, it takes on a somewhat more ideal form and becomes somewhat ennobled, presenting itself as the instrument of reason and the devoted servant of that abstraction, or political fiction, which is called the public good. But in its essence it remains just as baneful, and it becomes even more so when, with the application of science, it extends its scope and intensifies the power of its action. If there is a devil in history, it is this power principle. (Quote by -Mikhail Bakunin)

All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory / of the absolute and of the particular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties. The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions: and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty. (Quote by - Charles Baudelaire)

Absolute honesty is as absurd an abstraction as an absolute temperature or an absolute value. (Quote by - George Bernard Shaw)

I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It's kind of a fine line. (Quote by - Daniel Clowes)

Communism has served us ill in having us swap a living brotherhood for what looks to have the features of the coldest of all chill abstractions. (Quote by - Aime Cesaire)


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