“Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art

“He had  never believed that spirituality had to be anemic or aesthetic.” – Irving Stone about Michelangelo

“There is a sort of aesthetic poverty about conservatism” – Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty

“In my box of sound bites there are no jackhammers, no snowmobiles, no Jet Skis, no children wailing. Music but no Muzak.
It’s my box. Put what you want in yours.” –  Joan Oliver Goldsmith, How Can We Keep from Singing: Music and the Passionate Life

“Show me what a people admire, and I will tell you everything about them that matters.”
― Jack McDevitt, The Engines of God

“AESTHETICS OF THE AESTHETICIAN

What is the aesthetician
But a mule hitched to the times?” – Kenneth Koch

“Show me what a people admire, and I will tell you everything about them that matters.”
― Jack McDevitt, The Engines of God

“Never worry about the reader, what the reader can understand. When you are writing, glance over your shoulder, and you’ll find there is no reader. Just you and the page. Feel lonely? Good! Assuming you can write clear English (or Norwegian) sentences, give up all worry about communication. If you want to communicate, use the telephone.

To write a poem you have to have a streak of arrogance (…) when you are writing you must assume that the next thing you put down belongs not for reasons of logic, good sense, or narrative development, but because you put it there. You, the same person who said that, also said this. The adhesive force is your way of writing, not sensible connection.”
― Richard Hugo, The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

“Poverty and loneliness could be seen as a liberation from strivings to become rich and popular.”
― Donald Richie, A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics