November 17, 2011

Ancient History Through the Eyes of Our Artists.

Eric Drooker
"When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible."
- Alexander Kluge

Maria Corte Maidagan
"Never walk away from home 
ahead of your axe and sword.
You can't feel a battle in your bones
or foresee a fight."
- The Havamal or Book of Viking Wisdom

Jon Foster
"Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work."
- Aldous Huxley

Bill Sanderson
"Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains."
- Author Unknown

Gary Kelley
"It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct."
- Sigmund Freud

Kinuko Y. Craft
"Art is exalted above religion and race. Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the religions of the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Greeks... Only their art, whenever it was beautiful, stands proud and exalted, rising above all time."
- Emil Nolde

John Mattos
"I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome."
- Julius Caesar

Chase Stone
"We are so clothed in rationalization and dissemblance that we can recognize but dimly the deep primal impulses that motivate us."
- James Ramsey Ullman

Yan Nascimbene
"Character - The reputation of thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour."
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- Japanese proverb

Murray Kimber
"A living civilization creates; a dying, builds museums."
- Martin H. Fischer

Gregory Manchess
"The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones."
- Northrop Frye

Scott Brundage
"Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta."
- Brian Aldiss

Mark Summers
"Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else."
- Alexander Kluge

Edward Kinsella III
"When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible."
- Marcus Aurelius

Tyler Jacobson
"Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor."
- Arnold Toynbee

Douglas Smith
“We will either find a way, or make one.”
- Hannibal

Thomas Ehretsmann
"Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life. Otherwise it would die of civilization."
- Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

Rudy Gutierrez
"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.  "
- Albert Einstein


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