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Quotations dealing with creative Motion and Discovery, how artists see and discover new things.

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
-- James B. Conant


Learn to see, and then you'll know there is no end to the new worlds of our vision.
-- Carlos Castaneda


Busy, busy, busy we pass the days of our lives gone all too soon. Gone before we get to our dreams of creative expression, self-fulfillment, nurturing.
- Carol Orsborn


Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.
-- Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi


Eternity has nothing to do with the hereafter... This is it... If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience.
-- Joseph Campbell


It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can.
-- Jane Hamilton


Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke


Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate.
-- J. R. R. Tolkien


Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps.
-- David Lloyd George


When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.
-- Dogen


Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
-- John Locke


All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
-- Galileo Galilei


Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
-- Chinese Proverb


It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-- Ursula K. LeGuin


Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
-- Albert Einstein


There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
-- Aldous Huxley


There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
-- Tennessee Williams


A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
-- Voltaire


What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
-- Goethe


I shut my eyes in order to see.
-- Paul Gauguin


First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
-- Epictetus


The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
-- Eden Phillpotts


If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
--Gail Sheehy


The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
-- Marcel Proust


A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
-- Lao Tzu


Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
-- Buddha


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
--A.A. Milne


Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.
-- Claude Bernard


Look and you will find it -- what is unsought will go undetected.
-- Sophocles


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
-- Les Brown


The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
-- Henry Bergson


A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.
-- Grace Hooper


A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.
-- Dr. Who


In casting your inspirational net as an artist, you become familiar with the humility that comes with watching your best-laid plans veer sideways, and recordings becoming something other that what you expected. So you set out to travel to Rome... and end up in Istanbul. You set off for Japan... and you end up on a train across Siberia. The journey, not the destination, becomes a source of wonder.
-- Loreena McKennitt


The things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
-- Aristotle


In a dark time, the eye begins to see.
-- Theodore Roethke


A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
-- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi


The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..."
-- Isaac Asimov


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-- Mark Twain


Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast -- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
-- Eddie Cantor


People only see what they are prepared to see.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
-- Saint Augustine


He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
-- M.C. Escher


I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
-- Isaac Newton


Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
-- Agnes de Mille



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