For Friday, April 6, 2018:
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week, for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.
Charles Darwin (h/t to JB via YD)
For Tuesday, March 28, 2017:
… The great and fatal pitfall in the art field and in life is dependence on the intellect rather than inspiration. Dependence on intellect means a consideration of observed facts and deductions from observation as a guide in life.
Dependence on inspiration means dependence on … a growing consciousness that develops from awareness of beauty and happiness. To live and work by inspiration you have to stop thinking.
You have to hold your mind still in order to hear inspiration clearly.
Agnes Martin, ‘The Current of the River of Life Moves Us’
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