A Quote by Pablo Picasso on art, picasso, subversion, poetry, and freedom is something subversive.  It's something that should not be free.  Art and liberty, like the fire of Prometheus, are things that one must steal, to be used against the established order. 

...why did Plato say that poets should be chased out of the republic?  Precisely because every poet and every artist is an antisocial being.  He's not that way because he wants to be; he can't be any other way.... and if he really is an artist it is in his nature not to want to be admitted, because if he is admitted it can only mean he is doing something which is understood, approved, and therefore old hat - worthless.  Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized. 

...the right to free expression is something one seizes, not something one is given.... if it does exist, it exists to be used against the established order.... There is absolute opposition between the artist and the state.

So there's only one tactic for the state:  kill the seers.

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Source: Pablo Picasso, quoted in the book Life with Picasso, by Francoise Gilot and Carlton Lake

Contributed by: Will

A Quote by David C. Bojorquez on wisdom, light, art, artists, discernment, and success

Light attracts butterflies and mosquitoes.  Wisdom is knowing the difference.

David Bojorquez

Contributed by: The Conscious Filmmaker™

A Quote by Paul Gaugin on art, zen, and tao


I close my eyes in order to see.

Paul Gaugin

Contributed by: Louëlla

A Quote by John Cage on beauty, art, artist, artists, end, begin, and beginning

Where does beauty begin? Where does it end? Where it ends is where the artist begins.

John Cage (1812 - 1992)

Contributed by: Cayce

A Quote by Alex Grey on souls marriage, soul, marriage, alex grey, commitment, transformation, self, other, own, ego, personality, transcendance, benefit, all, beings, realization, swear, honor, love, obey, relationship, power, higher, creative, deeper,

My Soul’s Marriage

A commitment to your own and
the world’s transformation.

For the Benefit of myself and All Beings.

I,            (my ego & personality)

Do solemnly swear
to love, honor and obey my soul,
my path to realization  and
relationship with a higher,
deeper creative power,
for better or worse,
for richer or poorer,
in sickness and in health,
from now and forever more.

Alex Grey

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Nikki Giovanni on connect, connection, and art

We are less lonely when we connect. Art is connection.

Nikki Giovanni

Source: unknown

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A Quote by Georgia O'Keefe on art, georgia okeefe, painting, color, and language

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for.

Georgia O'Keefe

Source: CIA viewbook

Contributed by: audioa77

A Quote by Freddie Mercury on art, women, and understanding

Modern paintings are like women:
You'll never enjoy them, if you try to understand them..

Freddie Mercury

Contributed by: tara

A Quote by Laurence Overmire on war, iran, hatred, intolerance, militarism, violence, poet, poetry, art, god, and glory

The Iranian Girl

There's a hole in the ground
A moving of earth, now made
A sad depression
Where once she played in
Splashing with the joy that comes
From child-like feet

The sound is still here
In the air, the breeze yet carrying
The secret laughter
That haunts the waking hours of those
Who've lost the way

How vain to think that
Memory can be erased

All will remember
No one escapes

I wonder if she saw it
The moment before
Her hair still flying free
The metal catching that last
Pure glint of sun

Did she hear the explosion
That made no sense
Did she feel
Her body come apart
And fall like dust, too soon

Does anyone ask
Whatever she felt, whatever she dreamed
Her dreaming time is gone
And no lofty word of God or
Glory will ever make it right

Dare to listen and you will
Hear her
Dare to open your eyes and see

The Iranian girl
No different
Like you, like me.

Laurence Overmire

Source: Poet, Playwright, Actor, Educator, Genealogist

Contributed by: WideAwake

A Quote by Laurence Overmire on poem, poetry, poet, art, endangered species, earth, wildlife, and planet


Will you not leave us here too long
We have not paid attention
To squander the best of the world
A pity we do not understand
No more you fly in the wind
No more the buoyant ripples on a pristine pool
The splash of color in a worn-tore land
No more
The survivor's sad lament
Yet no weeping will there be when
Your perfect, singular form
The muted salting of a wounded Earth
And all that is and all that ever was will
In some way be
For the loss, though unnoticed
Will be recognized
In the stillness of eternal night.

Laurence Overmire

Source: Poet, Playwright, Actor, Educator, Genealogist

Contributed by: WideAwake

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