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Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. (Saul Alinsky)

Where there is water, there is movement, space, and reflection. Add to that climatic moods and variations... and we have a delightful diversity to stimulate and educate. (Kathryn Amisson)

Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order. (Samuel Beckett)

Life is in a perpetual spontaneous movement and free. The art of all arts is to capture a 3-dimensional contextual moment. If you cling to it you won't capture it and if you do not stay alert you'll miss it. (Philippe Benichou)

In art, as music, there are rhythms, movements, flow and ebb... (Betty Jean Billups)

Ten-year-old boys move differently than middle-aged women, who move differently than athletic guys, who move differently than government bureaucrats. (Brad Bird)

When objects shattered into fragments appeared in my painting about 1909, this for me was a way of getting closest to the object... Fragmentation helped me to establish space and movement in space. (Georges Braque)

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

It whirls, it whirls. (Alexander Calder)

We shall yet develop a movement that will be distinctive as our native landscape... (Franklin Carmichael)

Let the movement be slow and savour of solidity at the base and rise quivering to the tree tops and to the sky, always rising to meet it joyously and tremulously... the spirit must be... perpetually moving through, carrying on and inducing a thirst for more and a desire to rise. (Emily Carr)

All motion is cyclic. It circulates to the limits of its possibilities and then returns to its starting point. (Robert Collier)

The momentary visual delights of life in motion is the movement of the observer – me. If I don't do a drawing immediately, if only a brief sketch, it's gone. (Warren Criswell)

I wanted to see how fast you can go before it becomes nonsensical, a mess. (Chris Cunningham)

You guard against decay, in general, and stagnation, by moving, by continuing to move. (Mary Daly)

The movement of preconceived rhythm is intensified... by co-ordinating color and contour. (Andrew Dasburg)

Art is the choreography of thought and motion. (Ginia A. Davis)

People call me the painter of dancers, but I really wish to capture movement itself. (Edgar Degas)

It was a tradition to represent a dancer frozen in a chosen position, like a snapshot. I broke away from this tradition by superimposing postures, blending light and motion and scrambling the planes. (Sonia Delaunay)

Dancing is the poetry of the foot. (John Dryden)

Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

My monumental netted sculptural environments move through time, animated by an ever-changing 'wind choreography,' making invisible air currents suddenly visible to the human eye. I make living, breathing pieces that respond to the forces of nature - wind, light, water. (Janet Echelman)

We float effortlessly in the ethereal tide of the movement of the rhythms of nature and the vibrations of the pulse of life. (Ian Factor)

Be sure brain is in gear, before putting brush in motion... (Elle Fagan)

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. (Benjamin Franklin)

I remember seeing this Picasso drawing of a horse where he had erased a couple of legs and redrawn them. It really gave the drawing movement – not just physical movement, but phantom movement. The thing moved intellectually. (Elliott Green)

Breath, movement, intent, hesitation, stillness as a posture are all manifesting both the flow of the movement and the result of that flow. (Cherie Hanson)

Music loud, I can't help but wiggle a bit and I think that movement finds its way into the paintings... I can see it in the strokes. (Laura Harris)

Things should all be moving toward the expression of a great idea. (Robert Henri)

At the root of all the various manifestations of dancing lies the common impulse to resort to movement to externalize emotional states which we cannot externalize by rational means. (Jamake Highwater)

A moving energy force can entertain the eye with its irregular patterns of value. (Jane R. Hofstetter)

Because of the nature of what it is I'm painting, I can't sit there and paint it. It's all moving. (John Horton)

The true end of art is not to imitate a fixed material condition, but to represent a living emotion. (George Inness)

The artist is concerned not with a single focal point but with the unfolding of many layers of movement within a fluid language of images. (Una Johnson)

The systems-biology model of existence suggests that if we look and listen, we will see that every thing is in a continuous dynamic dance which never stands still, never is in solitude, and never stops dancing, nor does it end. (David S. Jones)

Everything is in constant flux, from state to state, from good to bad and back again... only in transmutation, perpetual motion, lies truth. (Asger Jorn)

Stroke followed stroke with the velocity of light. The movement of my hand was interrupted only by the act of changing colors. (Carole Katchen)

People in motion are wonderful to photograph. It means catching the right moment... when one thing changes into something else. (Andre Kertesz)

-on his art movement, The Void...
I did not like the nothing, and it is thus that I met the empty, the deep empty, the depth of the blue. (Yves Klein)

Eye movement is the name of the game. If you keep the eye moving around the piece, you can get folks to look at your piece longer than they will look at someone else's. (Eva Kosinski)

Learning is movement from moment to moment. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

-Move a Little, Lose a Lot...
Your brain works better on the move. There's no time like the present. (James A. Levine)

Similarly, dance is not just a raging sea of unrelated bodily movements; the relationship of those movements to one another is what creates integrity and integrality, a coherence and cohesion that the higher levels of our brain process. (Daniel J. Levitin)

Making a step forward can be a daunting task. (Ernst Lurker)

Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another. (Norman Mailer)

There is movement and movement. There are movements of small tension and movements of great tension and there is also a movement which our eyes cannot catch although it can be felt. In art this state is called dynamic movement. (Kasimir Malevich)

I try to get at the inner structure first to re-create the movement inside the form. (Jeanean Songco Martin)

It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving. (Henrietta Mears)

How wrong are those simpletons, of whom the world is full, who look more at... color than at the figures which show spirit and movement. (Michelangelo)

Just as the earth is moved by the universe, you, me, every human, every life form, and every thing is moved by the universe as well. This movement feeling, the sense of the universe's gravity field or what Einstein called space-time, is not just felt by astronauts. All of us feel moved by gravity all the time. (Thomas Arnold Mindell)

A modeled form is less striking than one which is not. Modeling prevents shock and limits movement to the visual depth. Without modeling or chiaroscuro depth is limitless: movement can stretch to infinity. (Joan Miro)

What I am seeking... is a motionless movement, something equivalent to what is called the eloquence of silence... (Joan Miro)

I'm interested in the movement of the eyes across the painting. (Guido Molinari)

In bodies moved, the motion is received, increased, diminished, or lost, according to the relations of the quantity of matter and velocity; each diversity is uniformity, each change is constancy. (Baron de Montesquieu)

We can depend on the world being a perpetual surprise in perpetual motion. And a perpetual invitation to create. (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

What really interests me about capturing and suspending movement is that I get to experience something invisible and inaudible, as elusive and fleeting as thought itself, and give it form... Maybe my paintings are all just little fragments of the Cosmic Dance suspended in time. (James Nares)

You should draw not what the thing looks like, not even what it is, but what it is doing... Gesture has no precise edges, no forms. The forms are in the act of changing. Gesture is movement in space. (Kimon Nicolaides)

Trying to capture the beauty of movement is a lofty and elusive endeavor... The biggest feat... is to take the medium of dance, which is so dynamic in nature, and relay that in the static medium of painting. (Nisla)

We're all moving, moving, moving. Isn't it nice? (Charles Olson)

Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves. (Ovid)

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. (Blaise Pascal)

A horizontal or vertical line lacks energy, compared with one that deviates from either. The difference between these graphic expressions is the difference between movement and repose. (Walter J. Phillips)

With all its variety and liveliness, color acts in the work of art as blood does as it circulates through our bodies. Color is what keeps the painting alive and moving. (Joseph Raffael)

For in these two paintings the greatest and most natural movement has been expressed, which is also the main reason why they have taken so long to execute. (Rembrandt)

The sculptor represents the transition from one pose to another... he indicates how insensibly the first glides into the second. In his work we still see a part of what was and we discover a part of what is to be. (Auguste Rodin)

If the artist succeeds in producing the impression of a movement which takes several moments for accomplishment, his work is certainly much less conventional than the scientific image, where time is abruptly suspended. (Auguste Rodin)

- American Pastoral...
I was a biography in constant motion, memory to the marrow of my bones. (Philip Roth)

-to Franz Hauer...
At present, I am mainly observing the physical motion of mountains, water, trees and flowers. One is everywhere reminded of similar movements in the human body, of similar impulses of joy and suffering in plants... (Egon Schiele)

To live is to dance, to dance is to live. (Charles Schulz)

-Moving Art...
I've been filming time lapse flowers continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 35 years. To watch them move is a dance I will never get tired of. Their sensual beauty immerses us with color, smell, taste and touch. (Louis Schwartzberg)

Sweeping gestures from the shoulder allow you to make generous marks, well suited to large scale work. You don't get anything simpler than this - I'm sure it is the way the cave men drew. (Stan Smith)

-b.1815 d.1902...
Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

The rhythm of movement, similar to the movement of huge oncoming ocean waves, leads to an impression of unchangeable infinity of the natural cycle... (Milos Vujasinovic)

Water is so mercurial - fragmented reflections that are always changing. It contains so many levels to capture above and below each surface.... like a human personality, water is always fresh. (W. David Ward)

Producing while on the move – isn't that all about the way art is done? (Annette Waterbeek)

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. (William Wordsworth)

All creative activity begins with movement. (Joseph Zinker)


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