talking_-head-birds-on-shoulder.jpgDrawing by Kristiana Parn

INTRO: This is a new page of quotations that strike me as having relevance to answering the question “What is it to be positively and wholly human?” or to Holistic Education.

There is my ‘Top 50 or so’ – and after that they are in random order.

‘Top 50 or so’

1) “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”   A Einstein

2) “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”   A Einstein

3) As soon as we start on the journey toward understanding ourselves and the world we start to have our number one encounter – mystery.  Unless we choose to permanently ignore that number one fact we have to decide on how to relate mystery, and to the Whole that is the unknown and unknowable.  RP

4 “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery” –  Francis Bacon

5) We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”  Marcel Proust

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. – GALILEO GALILEI

“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers” –  James Baldwin


Longer list in random order

(Margaret Mead) Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.” Winston Churchill

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a life time to paint like a child” – Pablo Picasso

(Rachel Carson) We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road – the one ‘less traveled by’ – offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth. The choice, after all, is ours to make.

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s prayer, and a step up from that is meditation, and a step up from that is conversation. A SUFI SAYING

Everything you do has a quality
which comes back to you in some way.
Every action takes a form in the invisible world,
which may be different from how you thought it would appear.
A crime is committed, and a gallows begins to be built.
One does not look like the other, but they correspond.
Accept the results of what you’ve done in anger,
or for greed, or to elevate your ego.
Don’t blame fate! – RUMI

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all” –  Stanley Horowitz
“To be an artist is to believe in life” – Henry S. Moore

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art”  – Paul Cezanne

“Great art picks up where nature ends” – Marc Chagall

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