"We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people." Arthur Schopenhauer
"No less broadly conceived than the term 'art' is the term 'artist'. Not only he who creates, but also he who enjoys merits this title, if he is capable of judging and experiencing the work of art in emotional terms." Gustav Klimt in his speech at the opening of the Kunstschau exhibition in the summer of 1908 after their split from the Secession.
"Simplicity lies not in omission, but in synthesis" Koloman Moser, painter and designer, Secessionist Movement, Vienna early 1900's.
"...no one in the world has any need of the work of art before it comes into being, with the sole exception of him who creates it." Lichtwark, as quoted by the Vienna University Art History professor Franz Wickhoff in his 9 May 1900 lecture called "What is Ugly" in response to the criticism of Gustav Klimt's Philosophy.
"... what we say or do is unimportant; it is merely semblance, beyond which our real life lies concealed... We know this better than we can prove, but in order to prove it we have to express it, and on the path to speech the essential somehow gets lost." Bahr, in his review of the first Vienna Secession exhibition in March of 1898, concerning the subject matter of both the painting of Khnopff and the writing of Maeterlinck.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you...And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Delivered by Nelson Mandela, originally written by Marianne Willamson in her book Return to Love (1992).
K-X Roussel, “a voyage to the country, where the kiss once started, never ends.”
Paul Serusier, “Art is means of communication between souls.”
“There is only a goal. What we call the path is hesitation.”
“..the war made the question of reality less important... than the question of transcendental reality.” Wolf-Dieter Dube writing about Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.
“We are staunch and true and in rather a champagne mood.” Franz Marc wrote to August Macke in December of 1911 after the opening of the first Blue Rider exhibit in Munich at the Thannhauser gallery along side the exhibition of the group they had just quit, The New Artists Alliance.
“Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them.” Franz Marc around 1907.
“..the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the son of man hath not where to lay his head.” The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 8.
“To free one’s self is nothing, it’s being free that is hard.” Andre Gide, French (1869-1951) novelist, critic, essayist, dramatist.