I beg all those who love me, to love my solitude too, otherwise I would have to conceal myself even from their eyes and hands, like a wild animal hiding fom enemies bent on its capture.
~Rainer Marie Rilke p.77
The artist must live to paint and not paint to live. He should not sacrifice his ideals to a landlord and a costly studio, A raintight roof, frugal living, a box of colours and God's sunlight through clear windows keep the soul attuned and the body vigorous for one's daily work.
~Albert Pinkham Ryder
For one half of a life you work, spurred on by this expectation [for recognition]. During the second half you work to prove to yourself you can do without it, that the loss of the illusion has made no difference. Then gradually you forget altogether. You work in order to be able to die painting.
~John Berger, 'A Painter of Our Time', p. 49
"What God created is beautiful, a masterpiece. We must not fail Him when we represent that"
~ Albert Munyai, South African wood sculptor
There is something more fundamental than sex or work. The great universal, human need to look forward. Take the future from a man, and you have done something worse than kill him.
~John Berger p.1