You don’t create or write to be successful; you don’t create or paint to be famous or to increase your wealth. You do all of these things because your soul is calling you to do them.
On the opposite wall was a Damien Hirst spot painting, bought by Arabella after a decent bonus season. Roger’s considered view of the painting, looking at it from aesthetic, art-historical, interior-design, and psychological points of view, was that it had cost forty-seven thousand pounds, plus VAT.
Art is a manifestation of freedom.
But an artist, he realized. Or rather so-called artist. Bohemian. That’s closer to it. The artistic life without the talent.
Ultimately, musicians of the world must come realise the potential of their calling.
Like the shamans, we may serve as healers, metaphysicians, inciters, exciters,
spiritual guides and sources of inspiration.
If the musician is illuminated from within,
he becomes a lamp that lights other lamps.
Then he is serving planet and its people,
healing what ails us. Such music is truly important.
It is said that “only one who obeys can truly command.
In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.
Art isn’t meaningless… It is in itself. It isn’t in that it tries to make life less so.
It [Romanticism] is concerned-in the words of Aristotle-not with things as they are, but with things as they might be and ought to be.
Art and science should serve humanity and not the other way around.
Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself.
She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance.