„The abstract human mind will have to receive the intended impression by its own means. I always confine myself to expressing the universal, that is, the eternal (closest to the spirit) and I do so in the simplest of external forms, in order to be able to express the inner meaning as lightly veiled as possible.“

Quote of Mondrian in his letter to Theo van Doesburg, 1915; as cited in the 'Stijl' catalogue, 1951, p. 71; quoted in De Stijl 1917-1931 - The Dutch Contribution to Modern Art, by H.L.C. Jaffé http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/jaff001stij01_01/jaff001stij01_01.pdf; J.M. Meulenhoff, Amsterdam 1956, p. 6
1910's

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Piet Mondrian
niederländischer Maler 1872 - 1944

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„I have no desire to prove anything by it. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance.“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987

from Astaire's autobiography Steps in Time, 1959, p. 325.

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„I don't understand how many painters can be so short-sighted to value art from earlier periods as completely worthless. Every art is an expression of an era and only for that reason already it is interesting. A Rembrandt has gone other ways, but he has certainly also pursued the highest goals. That one can assert: it is not necessary for a painter to have an impression when he is painting an Image, is nonsense. Certainly an artist, if he is really an artist, always has an inner urge to create an Image and thus sees an impression for himself that he may not always be able to explain, because deeper feelings are very difficult to grasp in words, but he has an impression - otherwise he only makes paintings as pure brain work. And intellectual art I can't bear. You can not make abstract art as something on its own. One feel various forms in their inner coherence. For example: when reading a fairy tale I can get the idea to paint a forest in completely abstract forms with motifs of trees. Every abstract form has an inner meaning for me.“

—  Jacoba van Heemskerck Dutch painter 1876 - 1923

translation from Dutch, Fons Heijnsbroek, 2018
version in Dutch / citaat van Jacoba van Heemskerck, in het Nederlands vertaald: Ik begrijp niet hoe veel schilders zo kortzichtig kunnen zijn kunst uit vroegere perioden als volkomen waardeloos aan te merken. Elke kunst is een uiting van een tijdperk en alleen daarom al interessant. Een Rembrandt is andere wegen gegaan maar heeft zeker ook de hoogste doelen nagestreefd. Dat men beweren kan: een schilder hoeft bij het schilderen van een Bild geen voorstelling te hebben, is onzin. Zeker heeft een kunstenaar, als hij werkelijk artiest is, altijd een innerlijke drang een Bild te scheppen en ziet dus een Bild voor zich dat hij misschien niet altijd verklaren kan omdat diepere gevoelens heel moeilijk in woorden te vatten zijn, maar een voorstelling heeft hij - anders maakt hij schilderijen en is het puur hersenwerk. En intellectuele kunst staat mij zeer tegen. Abstracte kunst is niet op zich zelf staand te maken. Men voelt verscheidene vormen in hun innerlijke samenhang. Bijvoorbeeld: bij het lezen van een sprookje kan ik de ingeving krijgen een bos in geheel abstracte vormen met boommotieven te schilderen. Elke abstracte vorm heeft voor mij een innerlijke betekenis.
Quote of Jacoba van Heemskerck in her letter of 1 May 1920, to Gustave Bock in Giessen, Germany; as cited in Jacoba van Heemskerck van Beest, 1876 – 1923: schilderes uit roeping, A. H. Huussen jr. (ed. Marleen Blokhuis), (ISBN: 90-400-9064-5) Waanders, Zwolle, 2005, p. 168
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„The Intentionality of the mind not only creates the possibility of meaning, but limits its forms.“

—  John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932

Quelle: Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind (1983), P. 166.

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„I have always thought that he more limited the means, the stronger the expression. That may explain the choice of a small palette.“

—  Pierre Soulages French painter and engraver 1919

Quoted in Cultural Hermeneutics: Essays after Unamuno and Ricoeur https://books.google.com/books?id=qBb8CwAAQBAJ&pg=PT180&lpg=PT180&dq=The+more+limited+the+means+are,+the+stronger+the+expression+will+be.+soulages&source=bl&ots=Z6zlqNBJ5Z&sig=m-Dv6ErGf9KmcjngVgOdJQXZxEk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwicmcvE9cLcAhVoZN8KHbVlDwEQ6AEwAnoECAAQAQ#v=onepage&q=The%20more%20limited%20the%20means%20are%2C%20the%20stronger%20the%20expression%20will%20be.%20soulages&f=false

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„There are many reasons, some of them so deep-seated emotionally as to be very difficult of expression. Possibly the simplest explanation is that we started along this road … and I cannot stop until I have won.“

—  Jeannette Piccard American balloonist, scientist, teacher and priest 1895 - 1981

Her reason for flying as explained to her father
Quoted in [Shayler, David J. and Moule, Ian A., Women in Space — Following Valentina, Springer-Praxis, 2005, 978-1-84628-078-8, 10.1007/1-84628-078-8_1, http://www.springerlink.com/content/v110844356183tq8/]

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„Nature always uses the simplest means to accomplish its effects.“

—  Pierre Louis Maupertuis French mathematician, philosopher and man of letters 1698 - 1759

Formulation of the principle of least action, as stated in Mémoires de l'académie royale des sciences (Accord between different laws of Nature that seemed incompatible), 1748, 417-426 (15 April 1744).

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„I quote others only in order the better to express myself.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

Quelle: The Complete Essays

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