Robert Grudin

A Quote by Robert Grudin on present, time, moment, awareness, and now

We pamper the present like a spoiled child, obeying its superficial demands but ignoring its real needs.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 37

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on self, generosity, meaning, purpose, giving, action, and need

No psychological message is so open to question as that which tells us that we have nothing left to do or to give.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 51

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on intimacy, human condition, love, life, and relationship

True intimacy is a human constant. People of all types find it equally hard to achieve, equally precious to hold. Age, education, social status, make little difference here; even genius does not presuppose the talent to reveal one's self completely and completely absorb one's self in another personality. Intimacy is to love what concentration is to work: a simultaneous drawing together to attention and release of energy.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 57

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on time, psychology, and space

Psychologically time is seldom homogenous but rather is as full of shapes as space.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 3

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on freedom, time, past, present, future, action, habit, lives, and life

Free men and women... can think across time, viewing their own lives, inclusive of past, present, and future, as architectural wholes, static in mental space. They can therefore see, as others cannot, the cracks and buttresses of repeated action, the points of stress, the established framework. They are not perfect; but they are less imperfect than we by a full dimension of being.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on change, transformation, life, chaos, changing, and self

That morning I experienced vividly, if almost subliminally, the reality of change itself: how it fools our sentinels and undermines our defenses, how careful we are to look for it in the wrong places, how it does not reveal itself until it is beyond redress, how vainly we search for it around us and find too late that is has occurred within us.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 6

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on time, greatness, and details

The extent to which we live from day to day, from week to week, intent on details and oblivious to larger presences, is a gauge of our impoverishment in time.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 2

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on experience, time, night, evening, awareness, duality, temporalilty, and travel

In a railroad car at nightfall, when the natural light outside has diminished until it is even with the artificial light inside, the passenger facing forward sees in his window two images at once: the dim landscape rushing toward him out of a pit of darkness, and the interior of the car, reflected with its more or less motionless occupants. At this hour most passengers unconsciously give allegiance to one of these two polarities of vision; and the individual momentarily aware of both may be struck by the profound, almost tragic duality between outer and inner worlds, between the rush of experience and the immobility of awareness.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 1

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on time, art, temporality, and statue

Like students of art who walk around a great statue, seeing parts and aspects of it from each position, but never the whole, we must walk mentally around time, using a variety of approaches, a pandemonium of metaphor.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 2

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on future, sight, vision, mundane, visionary, clarity, and greatness

Fast drivers can see no further than slow drivers, but they must look further down the road to time their reactions safely. Similarly, people with great projects afoot habitually look further and more clearly into the future than people who are mired in day-to-day concerns.

Robert Grudin

Source: Time and the Art of Living, Pages: 2

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