Hannah Arendt On Totalitarianism

   Hannah Arendt   (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975) 
Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975) 

What he said was always the same, expressed in the same words. The longer one listened to him, the more obvious it became that his inability to speak was closely connected with an inability to think, namely, to think from the standpoint of somebody else. No communication was possible with him, not because he lied but because he was surrounded by the most reliable of all safeguards against the words and the presence of others, and hence against reality as such.

 (Speaking of Adolf Eichmann in 1963, but also applicable to Donald Trump in 2017.) 

William Strunk Jr On Writing

   William Strunk Jr.   (July 1, 1869 – September 26, 1946) 
William Strunk Jr. (July 1, 1869 – September 26, 1946) 

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that he make every word tell.

Andrew Wyeth On Art

   Andrew Wyeth   (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009)
Andrew Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009)

The brain must not interfere. You’re painting so constantly that your brain disappears, and your subconscious goes into your fingers, and it just flows. If you think you’re painting a good watercolor you can be sure it’s lousy. It is important to forget what you are doing — then a work of art may happen.

Bill Brandt On Photography

   Bill Brandt   (May 02, 1904 – December 20, 1983) 
Bill Brandt (May 02, 1904 – December 20, 1983) 

He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time, or the traveller who enters a strange country. Most photographers would feel a sense of embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do. It is the gift of seeing the light around them clearly and vividly, as something that is exciting in its own right.

Jose Alberto Gutierrez On Books

   Jose Alberto Gutierrez  
Jose Alberto Gutierrez  

I realized that people were throwing books away in the rubbish. I started to rescue them. There was a lack of them in our neighborhood, so we started to help. The more books we give away, the more come to us. Books transformed me, so I think books are a symbol of hope for those places. They are a symbol of peace.

Chris Van Allsburg On Christmas Magic

   Chris Van Allsburg   (June 18, 1949 -) 
Chris Van Allsburg (June 18, 1949 -) 

At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe.