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Philip Guston Quotes and Sayings

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I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio
the next morning the delirium is over.
- Philip Guston

Usually I am on a work for a long stretch,
until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanishes,
and the paint falls into positions that feel destined.
- Philip Guston

In my experience a painting is not made with colors and paint at all.
I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets
off even the desire to paint?
- Philip Guston

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston

 

Look at any inspired painting.
It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.
- Philip Guston

To paint is a possessing rather than a picturing.
- Philip Guston

Painting seems like some kind of peculiar miracle that
I need to have again and again.
- Philip Guston

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I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets
off even the desire to paint? It might be things,
thoughts, a memory, sensations, which have nothing
to do directly with painting itself.
They can come from anything and anywhere.
- Philip Guston

The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined.
It moves in a mind.
It is not there physically at all.
It is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so that what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston

Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms.
It's the only thing left in our industrial society
where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands,
but brains, imagination, heart maybe.
- Philip Guston

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A man can do only what he can do.
But if he does that each day he can sleep at night
and do it again the next day.
- Albert Schweitzer

Keep a grateful journal. Every night,
list five things you are grateful for.
- Oprah Winfrey

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know that the darkest night is often
the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

On life's journey, faith is nourishment,
virtuous deeds are a shelter,
wisdom is the light by day
and right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
- The Buddha

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

If you believe in forever,
then life is just a one night stand.
- The Righteous Brothers

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Bold Light of Spirit:
Out of the darkness and into the light,
Open our eyes and behold such a sight.
Brilliance of day takes the place of the night,
Boldness and courage are swords of His Might.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
- Steve Martin

Drop guilt! - because to be guilty is to live in hell.
Not being guilty, you will have the freshness
of dewdrops in the early morning sun,
you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake,
you will have the freshness of the stars in the night.
Once guilt disappears you will have
a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant.
You will have a dance to your feet
and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.
- Osho

What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across
the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
- Crowfoot (Blackfoot warrior and orator 1830 - 1890)

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask "Why me?"
Then a voice answers "Nothing personal,
your name just happened to come up. -
- Charlie Brown, in Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

You have to be an original individual;
you have to find your innermost core on your own,
with no guide, no guiding scriptures.
It is a dark night, but with the intense fire of inquiry
you are bound to come to the sunrise.
Everybody who has burned with intense inquiry
has found the sunrise.
Others only believe.
Those who believe are not religious,
they are simply avoiding the great adventure
of religion by believing.
- Osho

I was sleeping the other night, alone,
thanks to the exterminator.
- Emo Philips

It is a common experience that a problem difficult
at night is resolved in the morning after the committee
of sleep has worked on it.
- John Steinbeck

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

I used to be hung up on my figure, but it's a waste of time.
I don't believe in diets.
Have four pints one night, be healthy the next.
- Sophie Ellis Bextor

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way
so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
- Emo Philips

The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet,
I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the Camcorder.
- Al Gore

One of the oldest human needs is having someone
to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
- Margaret Mead

My philosophy from day one is that I can sleep better
at night if I can improve an individual's knowledge about food and wine,
and do it on a daily basis.
- Emeril Lagasse

Love is staying up all night with a sick child -
or a healthy adult.
- David Frost

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say.
A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep
to dream my dreams of you.
- Roy Orbison

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

Good night, and good luck.
- Edward R. Murrow

Dying is a wild night and a new road.
- Emily Dickinson

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night;
a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both,
more bewitching than either.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things
which escape those who dream only by night.
- Edgar Allen Poe

It's like driving a car at night.
You never see further than your headlights,
but you can make the whole trip that way.
- E. L. Doctorow

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day,
a more tranquil night, and a bright,
infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.
- St.
Jerome

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
- Jean Paul

Never get married in the morning - you never know who
you might meet that night.
- Paul Hornung

I had a birthday one night on a farm we were shooting on.
I walked into the tent, and there were 150 people waiting for me,
all wearing masks of my face.
- Stephen Hopkins

Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

My formula for living is quite simple.
I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night.
In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
- Cary Grant

Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that
can stay up all night and eat anything.
- Herb Caen

I'll have to have a room of my own.
Nobody could sleep with Dick.
He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights,
speaks into his tape recorder.
- Pat Nixon

I do not believe a man can ever leave his business.
He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.
- Henry Ford

With every gig we have to prove ourselves better than the night before.
- Ron Wood

The streets were dark with something more than night.
- Raymond Chandler

A sold-out house my first night back.
Do you have any idea what kinda pressure that is? I
could have been at home in my warm bed,
playing Nintendo.
- Richard Pryor

I feel more comfortable doing films with groups of guys.
It's a lot easier for me.
There's a difference with women: you can't take them
to dinner every night and go crazy.
- Tom Berenger

The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night.
Brahms lost.
- Bennett Cerf

Night is the mother of counsels.
- George Herbert

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and
wonder how I do these things.
I can embarrass myself so badly that I literally get
a hot prickle down the back of my neck.
- Daisy Donovan

Pinocchio, spurred on by the hope of finding his father
and of being in time to save him,
swam all night long.
- Carlo Collodi

We sat around one night and thought that people are
going to look back and say,
I can't imagine there was a lot of excitement about HER going up!
- Christa McAuliffe

The process of writing has something infinite about it.
Even though it is interrupted each night,
it is one single notation.
- Elias Canetti


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