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Christopher Alexander Quotes and Sayings

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Drawings help people to work out intricate relationships between parts.
- Christopher Alexander

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
- Christopher Alexander

We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles:
a form which we have not yet designed and a context
which we cannot properly describe.
- Christopher Alexander

The structure of life I have described in buildings -
the structure which I believe to be objective -
is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person,
and with the innermost nature of human feeling.
- Christopher Alexander

 

I have been to several wars to draw.
I went to Vietnam.
And made drawings in Vietnam during that period of the war there,
and found that to be a very very sad situation.
- Gerald Scarfe

I don't work from drawings.
I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.
- Jackson Pollock

During the winter when the weather is too poor to work outside,
I do use drawings and photographs, but I change my
work so it is not just a time and place study.
- John Dyer

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But the drawings are not created only to be sold.
- Christo

Playing acoustic and line drawings are the two things I'm most competent at.
- Robyn Hitchcock

If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings.
- Chuck Jones

The war was a mirror; it reflected man's every virtue and every vice,
and if you looked closely, like an artist at his drawings,
it showed up both with unusual clarity.
- George Grosz

Well, directing is doing the key drawings,
not the key animation, mind you.
- Chuck Jones

We don't sell technical drawings except when they are
incorporated into a drawing or a collage.
- Christo

Creeds made in Dark Ages are like drawings made in dark rooms.
- Joseph McCabe

Then one day I thought it would be wonderful to make a whole book,
to make my text and my drawings together,
and that's how I started doing children's books.
- Dick Bruna

I just recently did a film with Disney,
and they put the drawings straight on the computer.
And it's all painted on the computer now and not by hand anymore.
- Gerald Scarfe

Something about glamour interested me.
All my schoolbooks had drawings of women on terraces
with a cocktail and a cigarette.
- Bill Blass

Those early sketches looked too cartoony;
I really wanted to do detailed drawings -
I was taking anatomy classes -
but unfortunately I wasn't able to do it because of the time element.
- Joe Shuster

As my early drawings warned me, where humans go,
lions and tidal waves follow.
- Wally Lamb

The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only
drawings and models which are played with by poor people
who cannot afford the real thing.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Where as in animation you have to kind of do a series
of drawings in between to complete the movement.
- Gerald Scarfe

I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature.
But they are always works of art.
Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?
- Egon Schiele

Animation is not the art of drawings that move but
the art of movements that are drawn.
- Norman McLaren

The worse my drawings were, the more beautiful did the originals appear.
- John James Audubon

I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts
and the dirtiest of corners.
- Vincent Van Gogh

My drawings at first were made altogether in watercolors,
but they wanted softness and a great deal of finish.
- John James Audubon

My work is so unorthodox that from one panel to the next,
the drawings are completely different...
totally opposed to the way of working in something like animation,
where every drawing has to look like the one before.
- Sergio Aragones

I have made it a rule for a long time,
not to part with the copyright of my drawings,
for I have been so copied, my drawings reproduced and
sold for advertisements and done in ways I hate.
- Kate Greenaway

They've found a way to privately, or within a small family group,
share expressions, or other images, drawings,
and then gain access to some of the world's great expressions
and images and make them real,
make them tangible.
- John Doerr

Therefore, when we arrive in a place and talk to new
people about a new image,
it is very hard for them to visualize it.
That's where the drawings are very important,
because at least we can show a projection of what we
believe it will look like.
- Christo

We tell them that we believe it will be beautiful because that is our specialty,
we only create joy and beauty.
We have never done a sad work.
Through the drawings, we hope a majority will be able to visualize it.
- Christo

When drawings of the main buildings I have designed
in the last five years are juxtaposed,
the fact that they all involve the pursuit of certain
configurations is obvious to anyone.
- Yoshio Taniguchi

I invented animals and birds - I had about two dozen.
After working on them for six months,
I sat down and just for fun wrote two dozen poems to accompany the drawings.
It was for no one to every see, but a friend sent me in to an editor.
- Jack Prelutsky

But now with technology I could sit down and do a bunch
of character drawings and scan them into a computer,
and the computer using my exact style could bring it into life,
where it would have been edited by various human beings before.
- Bill Griffith

They looked great, you know the drawings of the guys
playing looked great and bits of string around their necks.
So it didn't seem to be that difficult a thing to do,
or that inaccessible.
- Eric Clapton

The thing that makes me happiest about Simpsons Illustrated
are all the drawings that we get from readers.
I wish we could print them all.
They're really imaginative.
They show a lot of hard work.
- Matt Groening

Imagine my surprise when, after a lifetime of teaching
me to keep personal things to myself,
Mom insisted my drawings were the start of a comic
strip for millions of people to enjoy.
- Cathy Guisewite

And for every project, because it takes years,
you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple,
vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit,
you see that every detail is now clarified.
- Christo

I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds,
so that man's destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth.
I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow
of man startled by his anguish.
- Marcel Marceau

After I'd produced about two dozen pen and ink drawings,
one evening I decided that they needed poems to accompany them.
I still have no idea where that notion came from,
but it took me about two hours to produce verses for these creatures.
- Jack Prelutsky

Somehow I started introducing writing into my drawings,
and after a time, the language took over and I started
getting very involved with the handwriting and then
the look of the handwriting.
- Patti Smith

Jerry and I always felt that the character was enjoying himself.
He was having fun: he wasn't taking himself seriously.
It was always a lark for him, as you can see in my early drawings.
- Joe Shuster

Just as the development of earth art and installation
art stemmed from the idea of taking art out of the galleries,
the basis of my involvement with public art is a continuation of wall drawings.
- Sol LeWitt

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

All life is change.
Release your attachment to the way things have been,
and wend your way joyfully
through life's unfolding majesty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

An "always been" does not mean I must choose "what must be."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Khalil Gibran

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given,
the difference you have made
and the direction in which you are headed.
- Anonymous

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

One never notices what has been done;
one can only see what remains to be done.
- Marie Curie

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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