I wanted very much to learn to draw, for a reason that I kept to myself: I wanted to convey an emotion I have about the beauty of the world. It’s difficult to describe because it’s an emotion. It’s analogous to the feeling one has in religion that has to do with a god that controls everything in the universe: there’s a generality aspect that you feel when you think about how things that appear so different and behave so differently are all run ‘behind the scenes’ by the same organization, the same physical laws. It’s an appreciation of the mathematical beauty of nature, of how she works inside; a realization that the phenomena we see result from the complexity of the inner workings between atoms; a feeling of how dramatic and wonderful it is. It’s a feeling of awe — of scientific awe — which I felt could be communicated through a drawing to someone who had also had that emotion. I could remind him, for a moment, of this feeling about the glories of the universe.
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things.
What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
— - Aaron Swartz (via sweepmeup)
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
— William Blake
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (via murmurrs)
When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
— Walt Disney (via life-itself-is-a-quotation)
My brush goes between my fingers, as a bow would on a violin and absolutely for my own pleasure.
— Vincent Van Gogh (via criminalqueens)
Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
— Leo Burnett (via myheadisweak)
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
— George Bernard Shaw (via paintingsilentpoetry)