Monday, July 27, 2009

Art & Future Quotations

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
Augusten Burroughs

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The poet, the artist, the sleuth – whoever sharpens our perception tends to be anti-social; rarely "well-adjusted", he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are. (Marshall McLuhan)

The new media are not ways of relating to us the "real" world; they are the real world and they reshape what remains of the old world at will. (Marshall McLuhan)

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. (Marshall McLuhan)

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Marshall McLuhan

Far more thought and care go into the composition of any prominent ad in a newspaper or magazine than go into the writing of their features and editorials.
Marshall McLuhan

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
Marshall McLuhan

It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.
Marshall McLuhan

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools and yesterday's concepts.
Marshall McLuhan

Publication is a self-invasion of privacy.
Marshall McLuhan

The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant of almost everything except his specialty.
Marshall McLuhan

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Winston Churchill

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
George Carlin

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
Warren G. Bennis

Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
Frederick Douglass

I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.
Albert Ellis

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
Marcus Aurelius

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
George Orwell

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
Alvin Toffler

Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers.
Ron Paul

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.
Victor Hugo

Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble imagination.
Henry Miller

We inadvertently bombed the Chinese Embassy. But Clinton now is working very hard. He has sent a letter of apology to the Chinese. And, he's also given them a gift certificate for future nuclear secrets.
David Letterman

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
Erich Fromm

If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.
Simone Weil

The road to the future leads us smack into the wall. We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers. Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
H. G. Wells

This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.
Arthur C. Clarke

Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
Arnold J. Toynbee

Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.
Arnold J. Toynbee

The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.
Arnold J. Toynbee

By nature, men love newfangledness. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen. (Aldous Huxley)

Necessity is the mother of invention. (Latin proverb)

Be careful that what you write does not offend anybody or cause problems... The safest approach is to remove all useful information. (Scott Adams)

The information highway is blocked by casino chips floating in semen. (Francis McCrossan)

More and more we're negating the validity of first-hand experience of people from other countries and other cultures... whether it's on TV, the Internet, mobile phones or whatever – the world system we live in so values second-hand information. (Nitin Sawhney)

Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information. There's no such thing as information overload. (Edward Tufte)

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Pablo Picasso:

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.