Art is an end in itself; its values are intrinsic.
One simply turns to the ideological vending machine, and out comes the prepared formulae.
I am too weary to listen, too angry to hear.
Art is the aesthetic ordering of experience to express meanings in symbolic terms.
Art is the reordering of nature - the qualities of space and time - in new perceptual and material form.
The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.
But in action, one defies one's character.
The intellectual takes as a starting point his self and relates the world to his own sensibilities; the scientist accepts an existing field of knowledge and seeks to map out the unexplored terrain.
... Art is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.
Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism.
When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct experience which people can feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults.
Wise men still seek Him today.
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