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)

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on business, artists, and competition

Steve Jobs is perhaps the most competitive human being I have ever met in my life, and yet I would argue one of the most artistic human beings I have ever met in my life. You can trash the movies all you want, but they do have an artistic component. And yet brutal competition knows no peers when it comes to Hollywood.

The 10 or 12 artists I have known really well all my life are at least as competitive as professional athletes. They may express it in slightly different terms, but you look at the Jackson Pollocks et al., and they are as interested in wall space in the galleries as Joe Montana is in the percentage of completed passes. So the notion that symphonic conducting, or stage play, or pure art, is not a competitive business is real bullshit.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle:

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A Quote by Jean Cocteau on artists, art, and understanding

An  artist cannot speak about his art more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963)

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A Quote by Katsushika Hokusai on katsushika hokusai, ukiyo-e, japaneese woodblock prints, art, timelessness of art, artists, and the creative process

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), the famous Japanese Ukiyo-e Print artist said,

"From the ago of five I have had passion for sketching the form of things, from about the age of fifty I showed a number of drawings, yet of all I drew prior to my seventies there is truly nothing of any great note. When I was seventy-two I finally made out something of the shape of grasses and trees, the structure of birds and other animals, insects, fishes. Therefore when I become eighty I shall have made more progress; in my nineties I shall have penetrated even further the hidden meaning of things; at the age of a hundred I shall have reached the divine mystery, and at one hundred and ten even dots and lines will surely possess a life of their own. I only beg those of you who will live long enough to verify the truth of my words."

Katsushika Hokusai

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A Quote by Julia Cameron on creativity and artists

In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well stocked fish pond... If we don't give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked... As artists, we must learn to be self nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them - to restock the trout pond, so to speak.

Julia Cameron

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A Quote by David Deida on bliss, artists, and lover

Good artists are skilled, but great artists convey an immense depth of feeling through their expertise. The same goes for the art of sex. A good lover knows how to make the body sing. But a great lover, a superior lover, evokes a vast choir of bliss.        

David Deida

Source: The Enlightened Sex Manual: Sexual Skills for the Superior Lover, Pages: 1

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on artists, katagiri roshi, and masterpiece

Katagiri Roshi says: "Poor artists. They suffer very much. They finish a masterpiece and they are not satisfied. They want to go on and do another." Yes, but it's better to go on and do another if you have the urge than to start drinking and become alcoholic or eat a pound of good fudge and get fat.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 40

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