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Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
by John Ciardi

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Related topics: Art

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

 

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

Every game ever invented by mankind,
is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!
- John Ciardi

It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions.
I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation
the courage of their confusions.
- John Ciardi

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Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.
- John Ciardi

The classroom should be an entrance into the world,
not an escape from it.
- John Ciardi

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
- John Ciardi

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty
loses interest in the students.
- John Ciardi

Poetry lies its way to the truth.
- John Ciardi

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
- John Ciardi

The reader deserves an honest opinion.
If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
- John Ciardi

The day will happen whether or not you get up.
- John Ciardi

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.
- John Ciardi

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable
right to make a damn fool of himself.
- John Ciardi

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the
thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen,
and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
- John Ciardi

Intelligence recognizes what has happened.
Genius recognizes what will happen.
- John Ciardi

A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.
- John Ciardi

Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than
the act of surviving his need for character.
- John Ciardi

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things.
- Oliver Hudson

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

Modern medicine is a negation of health.
It isn't organized to serve human health,
but only itself, as an institution.
It makes more people sick than it heals.
- Ivan Illich

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago,
during and immediately after World War II.
- Barry Commoner

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

One of the most feared expressions in modern times
is 'The computer is down.'
- Norman Ralph Augustine

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one,
particularly if he plays golf.
- Bertrand Russell

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers,
while I believe in myself.
- Alain Robert

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,
it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth

The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens.
- Bill Toomey

The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must
come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India.
- B. R. Ambedkar

It's only in modern times that we have come to glorify vampirism.
- Guillermo del Toro

American time has stretched around the world.
It has become the dominant tempo of modern history,
especially of the history of Europe.
- Harold Rosenberg

The system of idolatry, invented by modern christianity,
far surpasses in absurdity anything that we have ever heard of.
- Orson Pratt

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is
that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
- Alan Watts

In science, read, by preference, the newest works;
in literature,
the oldest.
The classic literature is always modern.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

One of the biggest problems with the modern feminist
movement is its failure to bring men along with us.
- Tammy Bruce

Modern American war is as easy to script as a B movie.
- David Hackworth

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement
of the power of the State.
- Albert Camus

Civilization is a conspiracy.
Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan

The best thing about modern living is anaesthesia.
- Meg Ryan

I think the accessories look very modern and very exciting.
These big earrings, these big hoops.
I think the girls are sort of falling in love with...
collars, neck collars.
- Ralph Lauren

After closely examining my conscience,
I venture to state that in my historical novels I intended
the content to be just as modern and up-to-date as
in the contemporary ones.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age.
It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies
to reduce this period to a minimum.
- Thomas Szasz

It's a heavy weight, the camera.
Now we have modern and lightweight, small plastic cameras,
but in the '70s they were heavy metal.
- Annie Leibovitz

So much destruction in modern war takes place miles
and miles away from the source of the destruction,
the human being who has caused it.
- James Dickey

We know now that in modern warfare, fought on any considerable scale,
there can be no possible economic gain for any side.
Win or lose, there is nothing but waste and destruction.
- Lester B. Pearson

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher.
Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense.
It is perhaps not like other modern gardens,
but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now,
and I always wanted to put it to music.
- Lou Reed

I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen,
and they don't take the time to learn the basics.
- Alvin Lee

I don't know much about modern art, but I guess I am modern art.
- Gloria Trevi

A nation's ability to fight a modern war is as good
as its technological ability.
- Frank Whittle

The way Japan had tried to build up a modern state
modelled on the West was cataclysmic.
- Kenzaburo Oe

India is a curious place that still preserves the past,
religions, and its history.
No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country.
- Anita Desai

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world
from earlier centuries is attributable to science,
which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
- Bertrand Russell

The truth is, we haven't really figured out yet how
artists are going to thrive in modern mass societies.
We're all experiments.
- Brad Holland

The modern artist is working with space and time,
and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
- Jackson Pollock

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs
in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.
- Thorstein Veblen

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists
between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic
structure of modern society can ever be resolved.
- Herbert Read

A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet.
I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
- Twyla Tharp


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