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-Ansel Adams, Master Photographers
My last word is that it all depends on what you visualize. (Ansel Adams)

Therefore art means: you have to believe, to have faith, that is, cultivate vision. (Josef Albers)

Biographies tell us how devastated Georgia O'Keeffe was when macular degeneration robbed her of her vision. There must be other artists who fear life after vision – are there? (Anonymous)

The visionary is the one who brings his or her voice into the world and who refuses to edit, rehearse, perform, or hide. It is the visionary who knows that the power of creativity is aligned with authenticity. (Angeles Arrien)

It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born. (James Augustine)

No vision and you perish; / No Ideal, and you're lost; / Your heart must ever cherish / Some faith at any cost. / Some hope, some dream to cling to, / Some rainbow in the sky, / Some melody to sing to, / Some service that is high. (Harriet du Autermont)

Your vision, rather than just your seeing, displays a thousand or more possible paintings in the simplest things. (Andrew Baker)

Creatures of a very particular making, we need to know the cultural blinders that narrow our world view as well as the psychological blinders that narrow our view of our personal experience. (Christina Baldwin)

Vision animates, inspires, transforms purpose into action... Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. (Warren G. Bennis)

My basic view of things is - not to have any basic view of things. From having been exceedingly dogmatic, my views on life have gradually dissolved. They don't exist any longer... (Ingmar Bergman)

The eye altering, alters all. (William Blake)

When all of your decisions are based on economics, you end up with a sameness of vision. You're not taking the risks, you're not exploiting the passions of your creators. You're manufacturing product for a huge vending machine. (Steven Bochco)

It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship... (Christian Nestell Bovee)

The man who can't visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot. (Andre Breton)

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. (Charlotte Bronte)

Natural writers will often try to force themselves into a form - novel, story, screenplay, or poem - that is not necessarily the appropriate form for the way they see the world... if, in fact, they are writing from the artist's impulse, which is a deep, inchoate vision of some sort of order behind the apparent chaos of life on planet earth, they'll be driven then to express that vision in the creation of the object - the art object. (Robert Olen Butler)

The secret of making something work in your life is, first of all, the deep desire to make it work. Then the faith and belief that it can work. Then to hold that clear, definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief. (Eileen Caddy)

Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. (Thomas Carlyle)

The painter, whatever he is, while he is painting, practises a magical theory of vision. (Jack Chambers)

Vision: It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own. (Robert Collier)

As an Artist, I would tell you that Vision is my Greatest asset. But actually, it's my mind that I value the most, I think I can do Okay as long as that one hangs around a little while longer... (Kris Courtney)

If you have a vision, do something with it. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

Creative Visualization is used by successful people in all walks of life. It's a way of changing negative images to the positive. (Marisa D'Vari)

As an artist, my concern is toward the synthesizing of all the visual elements at my disposal – at the exclusion of none. (Ken Danby)

You are wrong if you think that you can in any way take the vision and tame it... The vision is not so much destroyed, exactly, as it is, by the time you have finished, forgotten. It has been replaced by this changeling. (Annie Dillard)

Although an image is clearly visible to the eye, it takes the mind to develop it into a rich, tangible brilliance, into an outstanding painting. (Jeanne Dobie)

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence. (George Eliot)

Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self. (George Eliot)

While we are humble men, we are visionaries living in our time. (Laurence Gartel)

The entrepreneur is our visionary, the creator in each of us. We're born with that quality and it defines our lives as we respond to what we see, hear, feel, and experience. It is developed, nurtured, and given space to flourish or is squelched, thwarted, without air or stimulation, and dies. (Michael Gerber)

They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve. (Kahlil Gibran)

I have often depended on the blindness of strangers. (Adrienne Gusoff)

Only a vision - that is what one must have. (Ernst Haas)

Vision together with imagination is what makes a creative idea become a work of art. (Hap Hagood)

In painting, vision has nothing to do with sight. (Andrew Hamilton)

Vision is not enough – it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. (Vaclav Havel)

The world is waiting for men with vision - it is not interested in mere pictures. (Charles Hawthorne)

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements. (Napoleon Hill)

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. (Crazy Horse)

For visions come not to polluted eyes. (Mary Howitt)

May you look at the world and what is above with illumination. (Julie Rodriguez Jones)

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens. (Carl Gustav Jung)

A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more. (Rosabeth Moss Kanter)

I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. (John F. Kennedy)

Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible. (Paul Klee)

I had left the visible, physical blue at the door, outside, in the street. The real blue was inside, the blue of the profundity of space, the blue of my kingdom, of our kingdom! (Yves Klein)

Consciousness is the grave of things, the place where they cease to exist, beyond which they end. And when they have ended, it seems that they no longer have any essential existence except in the visions in me. (Oskar Kokoschka)

A successful artist is able to pursue a vision and let that vision take that person places where they would never expect to go. (Betty LaDuke)

Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead. (Lilly Langtry)

The picture must all come out of the artist's inside... It is the image that lives in the consciousness, alive like a vision, but unknown. (D. H. Lawrence)

There is no earthly substitute for the creative vision, seen personally and externally expressed. (Morton Leeds)

The eye is the notebook of the poet. (James Russell Lowell)

An artist is paid for his vision, not his reporting. (Tom Lynch)

I try to empathize with the retinal image, to try to find a connection in creating a 'felt' sense of structure, form and value. (Jeanean Songco Martin)

Receptivity requires a nimbleness, a fine-honed sensitivity in order to let one's self be the vehicle of whatever vision may emerge. (Rollo May)

The real function of the artist is to give fresh vision to their own generation. (Doris McCarthy)

I discover vision, not as a 'thinking about seeing,' to use Descartes expression, but as a gaze at grips with a visible world, and that is why for me there can be another's gaze. (Maurice Merleau-Ponty)

The visible world only becomes the real world by the operation of thought. (Jean Metzinger)

The organization of light and shadow effects produce a new enrichment of vision. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)

Only he who has a different visual opening can see the world in another way and can pass on to his neighbour the information required to broaden his field of view...let us get used to looking at the world through the eyes of others. (Bruno Munari)

A beginning artist naturally focuses on the work of others, finding a rhythm to match her own. At a certain point however, you have to stop doing that, internalize the search, and find your own visual poetry. What is your inner vision? It's vital to make that shift. (Catherine Nash)

The poet is the one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive. (Anais Nin)

In the bedroom darkness I may visualise a way of making a painting. I can see it - if I do this and this and that and this, my God! Why haven't I seen this until now? I can hardly wait to get to the studio and make the vision real. (Jules Olitski)

Enhance and intensify one's vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality. (Ovid)

The cause is hidden; the effect is visible to all. (Ovid)

Clarity of painting comes from clarity of vision. A painter has to be emotionally right out there and present, both to perceive and to express. (Kate Palmer)

I had always made pictures as I thought I saw the world, focusing on what lay in front, but this is not how one sees the world. It only frames the centre and cuts off the lateral vision, which lies unfocused. Now I found that I could turn my eye to the adjacent field of vision, seeing another focus, an extension which I added to the original. Instead of stopping at two focuses, I looked further to the side, adding another and yet another... (Joseph Plaskett)

Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sun-like, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful. (Plotinus)

Glance is the enemy of vision. (Ezra Pound)

The instruction shows the way and the method. The vision is the work of one who has wished to see. (Japanese proverb)

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. (Japanese proverb)

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. (Ayn Rand)

Vision and freedom are not necessarily on some far horizon – the values worth learning, building and keeping are closer than that. (Harry Robbins)

If we limit our vision to the real world, we will forever be fighting on the minus side of things, working only to make our photographs equal to what we see out there, but no better. (Galen Rowell)

Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon. (Rumi)

Were there no men of vision, all who are blind would be dead. (Rumi)

I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes. (John Singer Sargent)

Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them... there is nothing. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

As painters...we must always remember that our precious poetic visions and spiritual insights will remain forever locked within us until we can boil them down to a complex arrangement of a few hundred or possibly even thousands of brushstrokes... (Richard Schmid)

The popular eye is not untrained; it is only wrongly trained – trained by inferior and insincere visual representations. (Ben Shahn)

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. (Isaac Bashevis Singer)

We work for that part of our vision which is uncompleted. (Frederick Sommer)

What a privilege it is to be able to take brush in hand and put paint on paper in this troubled world. Some of us take a stand for beauty and soften the pain of the world. Others must point out the fear and anguish of the soul through their art. Let us all share our vision... (Veronica Stensby)

The point of vision and desire are the same. (Wallace Stevens)

I hold it imperative to evolve an instrument of thought which will aid in cutting through all cultural opiates, past and present, so that a direct, immediate, and truly free vision can be achieved. (Clyfford Still)

I was pierced by the little panic and tristesse occasioned by small things passing irrevocably from view. (Faith Sullivan)

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. (Jonathan Swift)

When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority. (Charles Swindoll)

I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision. (Henry David Thoreau)

It is maintained the painters see the same object differently, for example in respect to color, and that due to this variation in their vision one can immediately recognize their works, even from a distance. (Maurice-Quentin de la Tour)

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. (Leonardo da Vinci)

To paint from the heart is to render your vision without compromise. (Stella Violano)

The field of vision is comparable, for me, to the terrain of an archeological dig. To see is to be on guard, to wait for what emerges from the back-ground, without any name, without any particular interest: what was silent will speak, what is closed will open and will take on a voice. (Paul Virilio)

A scene is not just a scene but a vision of possibilities inherent in the subject. (Robert Wade)

You must capture in your painting your own internal impressions and visions. (Van Waldron)

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. (James Abbot McNeill Whistler)

When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. (David Whyte)

Vision motivates, sustains and dispels doubt. (Thomas Young)


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