Form Quotes

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Eckhart Tolle
“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form" states the Heart Sutra, one of the best known ancient Buddhist texts. The essence of all things is emptiness.”
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Vera Nazarian
“One of the strangest things is the act of creation.

You are faced with a blank slate—a page, a canvas, a block of stone or wood, a silent musical instrument.

You then look inside yourself. You pull and tug and squeeze and fish around for slippery raw shapeless things that swim like fish made of cloud vapor and fill you with living clamor. You latch onto something. And you bring it forth out of your head like Zeus giving birth to Athena.

And as it comes out, it takes shape and tangible form.

It drips on the canvas, and slides through your pen, it springs forth and resonates into the musical strings, and slips along the edge of the sculptor’s tool onto the surface of the wood or marble.

You have given it cohesion. You have brought forth something ordered and beautiful out of nothing.

You have glimpsed the divine.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Ayn Rand
“Now take a human body. Why wouldn't you like to see a human body with a curling tail with a crest of ostrich feathers at the end? And with ears shaped like acanthus leaves? It would be ornamental, you know, instead of the stark, bare ugliness we have now. Well, why don't you like the idea? Because it would be useless and pointless. Because the beauty of the human body is that is hasn't a single muscle which doesn't serve its purpose; that there's not a line wasted; that every detail of it fits one idea, the idea of a man and the life of a man.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Wei Wu Wei
“Disciples and devotees…what are most of them doing? Worshipping the teapot instead of drinking the tea!”
Wei Wu Wei

Carlos Fuentes
“There is no creation without tradition; the 'new' is an inflection on a preceding form; novelty is always a variation on the past.”
Carlos Fuentes, Myself with Others: Selected Essays

Hermann Hesse
“No permanence is ours; we are a wave
That flows to fit whatever form it finds:
Through night or day, cathedral or the cave
We pass forever, craving form that binds.”
Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game

Tzvetan Todorov
“Toutes les opinions ne se valent pas, et il ne faut pas confondre l'éloquence d'une parole avec la justesse d'une pensée.”
Tzvetan Todorov, In Defence of the Enlightenment

“The palace started as a single vaulted room and grew in proportion to my despair. It began as an exercise to keep my mind from its melancholy, then it became a dream and a necessity. . . . I built a temple in my head. . . . Its hallways were as lofty as a cathedral, and the arch of each window as supple as a bow. Its corridors were the passages of my own brain.”
Lisa St. Aubin de Terán, The Palace the Palace

Augusto Roa Bastos
“Forms disappear, words remain, to signify the impossible.”
Augusto Roa Bastos, I, the Supreme

John Fowles
“Death is not in the nature of things; it is the nature of things. But what dies is the form. The matter is immortal.”
John Fowles

Robert Hass
“The first fact of the world is that it repeats itself. I had been taught to believe that the freshness of children lay in their capacity for wonder at the vividness and strangeness of the particular, but what is fresh in them is that they still experience the power of repetition, from which our first sense of the power of mastery comes. Though predictable is an ugly little world in daily life, in our first experience of it we are clued to the hope of a shapeliness in things. To see that power working on adults, you have to catch them out: the look of foolish happiness on the faces of people who have just sat down to dinner is their knowledge that dinner will be served. Probably, that is the psychological basis for the power and the necessity of artistic form...Maybe our first experience of form is the experience of our own formation...And I am not thinking mainly of poems about form; I’m thinking of the form of a poem, the shape of its understanding. The presence of that shaping constitutes the presence of poetry.”
Robert Hass

Michael F. Flynn
“The soul is the form of the body, but not as the shape of a statue is formatio et terminatio materiae, for form does not exist apart from material. There is no whiteness without a white object. But the soul is not a form in this simple sense, and in particular, is not the shape of the material it informs. Therefore, the shape of a being does not affect the being's soul, for then something lower would inform something higher, which is impossible.”
Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim

“Man, as a form, bears within him the eternal principle of being, and by economic movement along his endless path his form is also transformed, just as everything that lives in nature was transformed in him.”
Kazimir Malevich

Thomas Mann
“What did one see if one looked in any depth into the world of this writer's fiction? Elegant self-control concealing from the world's eyes until the very last moment a state of inner disintegration and biological decay; sallow ugliness, sensuously marred and worsted, which nevertheless is able to fan its smouldering concupiscence to a pallid impotence, which from the glowing depths of the spirit draws strength to cast down a whole proud people at the foot of the Cross and set its own foot upon them as well; gracious poise and composure in the empty austere service of form; the false, dangerous life of the born deceiver, his ambition and his art which lead so soon to exhaustion ---”
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales

William T. Vollmann
“The hospital bulked darkly in the darkness.”
William T. Vollmann, Poor People

Benjamin Moser
“A little girl's fantasies are one thing, and literature is another; just as numbers require rules to give them human meaning, words, too, demand a form to turn them into literature.”
Benjamin Moser, Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector

AainaA-Ridtz
“Every form is an image. Every image is a name. Every name is an attribute, every attribute a verb. Every verb forms the sentence to be read on Judgement Day, from the very Qur’aanulQariim that is found within the breastplate of all that is ‘created’ in the form of humankind. Every object be it animated or non-animated is an image!!”
AainaA-Ridtz

“4. Radicalism of forms. If a new model once created meets with much success on account of its greater efficiency than its predecessor, it lends certain neighbouring forms a formal radicalism, which attempts to borrow from the appearance of the new form: for example, bronze tools that had reached the furthest development of their utility had a disastrous influence on stone tools, warping them toward an elegance that could only be attained in bronze. Today aviation has imposed its aerodynamic forms even on baby strollers and irons. This radicalism of forms is a result of the fact that people become bored when they do not find some unexpected element in the familiar. This radicalism might seem illogical, as the advocates of standardization believe, but we must not forget that discovery is only made possible by this need of humanity.”
Tom McDonough, The Situationists and the City: A Reader

Ludwig Wittgenstein
“What finds its reflection in language, language cannot represent.

What expresses itself in language, we cannot express by means of language.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philisophicus

William H. Gass
“So–in short–color is consciousness itself, color is feeling, and shape is the distance color goes securely, as in our life we extend ourselves through neighborhoods and hunting grounds; while form in its turn is the relation of these inhabited spaces, in or out or up or down, and thrives on the difference between kitchen and pantry. This difference, with all its sameness, is yet another quality, alive in time like the stickiness of honey or the gently rough lap of a cat, for color is connection.”
William H. Gass, On Being Blue

“Matter is eternal and objectively existing, only the #form is determined by the image of the dominant individual, everywhere, and in everything.”
PETAR NIKOLOV
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“Form is the carrier of information essence. Each #form has its creator, even the ugliest, the most dysfunctional and the most bearing expense forms. Behind every form is an individual. Behind the form of the universe is God.”
PETAR NIKOLOV
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“The #form of existence can not be determined electively, but only by the mechanisms of natural #selection. Democracy violates the laws of natural selection.”
PETAR NIKOLOV
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Kate McGahan
“Form follows thought.
Your intentions have wings
Which carry your life
To the very same things
That fill up your head.
You think you’ve no choice
Like you’ve been taken captive,
You obey the voice
Which over and over says things to you
It relentlessly chatters
Sometimes it will spew!
It’s goal to disarm you of thoughts
Pure and true.
It makes you a victim
You get stuck in it’s glue!
And it's all in your mind.”
Kate McGahan

“Smiles are just supernovas in facial form.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Seyyed Hossein Nasr
“If you ask today what art is, what its function is, what the meaning of art is and why one should create art, the answer given oftentimes by Western philosophers of art and those who special- ize in modern aesthetics is ‘‘art for art’s sake.’’ The modern response is that you just create art for the sake of art; but this was never the answer of traditional civilizations where one created art for both the sake of attainment of inner perfection and for human need in the deepest sense—because the needs of man are not only physical, they are also spiritual. We are as much in need of beauty as of the air that we breathe.”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, در جستجوي امر قدسي

“In the world of business, everyone determines the #form of what he has created. Creation is the fruit of a #competitive struggle. This is the right method.”
PETAR NIKOLOV
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Max Gladstone
“What is this thing we call form, and to what extent do we comprehend our own forms? I have a form, surely, as do you, and let us grant that we’re both conscious even though certain philosophers would argue that assertion—fortunately they’re not here. So! Both conscious. But we have imperfect knowledge of our own forms, let alone our own selves—consider the human man, his last self-image formed at the age of twenty-five, surprised by wrinkles on his forehead as he looks in the bathroom mirror. Deathless Kings’ residual physicalities endure long after they’ve become skeletons—and they perform premortem exercises to stem mental fragmentation. You’d be surprised how frequently and how widely mental image and physical form differ.”
Max Gladstone, The Ruin of Angels

“It's when you stretch the truth that lies tend to seep out through the cracks.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“Feedback is only valuable if the person giving it knows what they are talking about; feedback from an idiot is white noise that will damage you and from which you will learn nothing.”
Phil Beadle

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