Tuesday, June 17, 2014

quote of the day

"Relations are not foreign to the material known, but are organic to it."

- G.W.F. Leibniz, New Essays on Human Understanding (1704)

"An organic body does not remain the same for more than a moment; it only remains equivalent.  And if no reference is made to the soul, there will not be the same life, not a ‘vital’ unity either."

- G.W.F. Leibniz, New Essays on Human Understanding (1704)

“This isolated line and the isolated fish alike are living beings with forces peculiar to them, though latent….But the voice of these latent forces is faint and limited.  It is the environment of the line and the fish that brings about a miracle: the latent forces awaken, the expression becomes radiant, the impression profound.  Instead of a low voice, one hears a choir.  The latent forces have become dynamic.  The environment is the composition.”

- Wassily Kandinsky, “Writings on Art” (1935)