"You don’t read or overhear the voice in the poem, you are the voice in the poem."

Helen Vendler  (via theparisreview)

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When people want to praise art museums, they sometimes remark that they are our ‘new cathedrals.’ … But there remains a huge difference between museums and cathedrals in terms of our collective awareness of what the two types of buildings should be for. You used to go to the cathedral for some clear reasons: because you wanted to save your soul, because you were looking for comfort, you needed community, you wanted to develop your moral character or you were hoping for consolation and redemption.

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Art can do for us a remarkable number of the very things that religion once did. Culture is in a position to replace many of the functions of scripture. Art too has the power to console us, it too can bring meaning and purpose, it too can increase our powers of empathy and generate a sense of community.

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Surprisingly, it wouldn’t take too much to transform museums so that they could really function as adequate replacements for cathedrals. … There might be a room on love, another on death, a third on children, a fourth on money, a fifth on aging – and so on. Just like music or literature, art has the power to work a deeply therapeutic effect on us. Connection with the right piece can explain, re-invigorate, rebalance and console us, but in order for this to happen, we need a little encouragement to believe that such intimate effects might be possible or desirable.

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Alain de Botton, author of Art as Therapy – one of the best art books of 2013 – considers how art can help us live and die.

Also see Botton’s talk on how art can save your soul.

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"What you must accept is that your life is not going to be the same while you are writing."

Chinua Achebe (via theparisreview)

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Designer Isabel Urbina Peña makes gorgeous book covers and styles them beautifully for presentation.

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kingcreative:

No one’s life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are. ~Dean Ray Koontz

"A poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement."

Edgar Allan Poe's The Poetic Principle — a timelessly fantastic read on truth, love, reason, and the human impulse for beauty (via explore-blog)

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Carl Sagan and other famous scientists reflect on the art of wonder and the heart of science.

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Carl Sagan and other famous scientists reflect on the art of wonder and the heart of science.

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"The idea of ‘Beauty’ is born from the desire to (convey) the main emotions that every person encounters throughout his life path. Classical art has always attracted my most intense emotions, so I decided to (let it) represent them." — See Classic Artworks Come To Life In Spellbinding “Beauty” Video - Co.Create

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"The idea of ‘Beauty’ is born from the desire to (convey) the main emotions that every person encounters throughout his life path. Classical art has always attracted my most intense emotions, so I decided to (let it) represent them." — See Classic Artworks Come To Life In Spellbinding “Beauty” Video - Co.Create

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theatlantic:

Where Life Has Meaning: Poor, Religious Countries

Much ink, film, and many ones and zeros have been spilled on the topic of how to be happy lately. Science has given us some clues, often subdividing “happiness” into smaller parts: the importance of relationships and social connection, the positive effects of optimism. This sort of research gets a lot of attention when it comes out, as unhappy or even just vaguely dissatisfied people clamor for a fix. Maybe if we can unravel all the threads of happiness’s snarled tapestry and see how they fit together, we’ll finally be able to weave our own lives into a reasonable facsimile thereof.
We’ve seen before that perhaps the most important thread—more important than diet or exercise or the easy but often-unfulfilling happiness of a booze-soaked evening—is the feeling that your life means something, that you have purpose. How to get that, of course, is another knot to untangle.
Read more. [Image: thomaswanhoff/flickr]

theatlantic:

Where Life Has Meaning: Poor, Religious Countries

Much ink, film, and many ones and zeros have been spilled on the topic of how to be happy lately. Science has given us some clues, often subdividing “happiness” into smaller parts: the importance of relationships and social connection, the positive effects of optimism. This sort of research gets a lot of attention when it comes out, as unhappy or even just vaguely dissatisfied people clamor for a fix. Maybe if we can unravel all the threads of happiness’s snarled tapestry and see how they fit together, we’ll finally be able to weave our own lives into a reasonable facsimile thereof.

We’ve seen before that perhaps the most important thread—more important than diet or exercise or the easy but often-unfulfilling happiness of a booze-soaked evening—is the feeling that your life means something, that you have purpose. How to get that, of course, is another knot to untangle.

Read more. [Image: thomaswanhoff/flickr]

"Cultivate the poet. The poet is the unacknowledged legislator of this universe and the sooner we knock under to that the better. Get Emerson’s essay on the American scholar and read it once a year."

Frank Lloyd Wright on education (via explore-blog)

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fastcompany:

The Meaning Of Life Explained In 95 Simple Shapes

This book on philographics presents simple, elegant visual representations of mind-bogglingly complex philosophical theories.

fastcompany:

The Meaning Of Life Explained In 95 Simple Shapes

This book on philographics presents simple, elegant visual representations of mind-bogglingly complex philosophical theories.