Loren Eiseley

1907 - 1977

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on art, creativity, darkness, loneliness, scientists, and universe

Some degree of withdrawal serves to nurture man's creative powers. The artist and the scientist bring out of the dark void, like the mysterious universe itself, the unique, the strange, the unexpected. Numerous observers have testified upon the loneliness of the process.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Mind as Nature

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on freedom and mind

The freedom to create is somehow linked with facility of access to those obscure regions below the conscious mind.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Mind as Nature

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on belief, choice, and innocence

Choices, more choices than we like afterward to believe, are made far backward in the innocence of childhood.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Places Below

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on animals, body, mind, nature, plants, power, and universe

Of all the unexpected qualities of an unexpected universe, the sheer organizing power of animal and plant metabolism is one of the most remarkable. . . . Where it reaches its highest development, in the human mind, we forget it completely. . . . So important does nature regard this unseen combustion . . . that a starving man's brain will be protected to the last while his body is steadily consumed.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on art, musicians, and poets

The great artist, whether he be musician, painter, or poet, is known for this absolute unexpectedness.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: Strangeness in the Proportion

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on acceptance, art, generations, genius, humanity, popularity, scientists, and tragedy

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man. If he is more than a popular story-teller it may take humanity a generation to absorb and grow accustomed to the new geography with which the scientist or artist presents us. Even then, perhaps only the more imaginative and literate may accept him. Subconsciously the genius is feared as an image breaker; frequently he does not accept the opinions of the mass, or man's opinion of himself.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Mind as Nature

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on laws, mind, and nature

Man inhabits a realm half in and half out of nature, his mind reaching forever beyond the tool, the uniformity, the law, into some realm which is that of the mind alone.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: Strangeness in the Proportion

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on blindness, doubt, intuition, and understanding

Man is dragged hither and thither, at one moment by the blind instincts of the forest, at the next by the strange intuitions of a higher self whose rationale he doubts and does not understand.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: Strangeness in the Proportion

Contributed by: Zaady

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