„Perhaps he [ Mondrian ] was too faithful to a single discovery. And perhaps that kind of painting was right for the period. But now peace and harmony are no longer possible. There is only anguish.“

1970's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde (1970 - 1972)

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Bram van Velde
niederländischer Maler 1895 - 1981

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„Yes, perhaps there is some enjoyment in it [his paintings] too, somewhere.“

—  Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981

short quotes, 13 April 1968; p. 70
1960's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde' (1965 - 1969)

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„Mondrian? His mind was too subtle. He worked in the light. I work in the darkness... Mondrian is the Buddha of painting. I saw him once. You wondered how a man could radiate such charisma.“

—  Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981

2 April 1967; p. 62
1960's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde' (1965 - 1969)

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„His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets might
Be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was in the right.“

—  Abraham Cowley British writer 1618 - 1667

On the Death of Crashaw; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, He can't be wrong whose life is in the right", Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, epilogue iii, line 303.

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„Perhaps it is not true that “a man becomes what he dreams”; but if he does not dream, what kind of a man is he?“

—  Fausto Cercignani Italian scholar, essayist and poet 1941

This quote is itself quoting Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman in the film Grey Owl (1999)
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„If heretics no longer horrify us today, as they once did our forefathers, is it certain that it is because there is more charity in our hearts? Or would it not too often be, perhaps, without our daring to say so, because the bone of contention, that is to say, the very substance of our faith, no longer interests us? Men of too familiar and too passive a faith, perhaps for us dogmas are no longer the Mystery on which we live, the Mystery which is to be accomplished in us. Consequently then, heresy no longer shocks us; at least, it no longer convulses us like something trying to tear the soul of our souls away from us…. And that is why we have no trouble in being kind to heretics, and no repugnance in rubbing shoulders with them.

In reality, bias against ‘heretics’ is felt today just as it used to be. Many give way to it as much as their forefathers used to do. Only, they have turned it against political adversaries. Those are the only ones with whom they refuse to mix. Sectarianism has only changed its object and taken other forms, because the vital interest has shifted. Should we dare to say that this shifting is progress?

It is not always charity, alas, which has grown greater, or which has become more enlightened: it is often faith, the taste for the things of eternity, which has grown less. Injustice and violence are still reigning; but they are now in the service of degraded passions.“

—  Henri de Lubac Jesuit theologian and cardinal 1896 - 1991

Henri de Lubac, Paradoxes of Faith (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987), pp. 226-227

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„The conviction that painting is the right profession grows stronger and stronger in me. Writing is the only other thing I still feel attracted to. Perhaps when I am mature I shall go back to it.“

—  Paul Klee German Swiss painter 1879 - 1940

Quote (1899), # 93, in The Diaries of Paul Klee, translation: Pierre B. Schneider, R. Y. Zachary and Max Knight; publisher, University of California Press, 1964
1895 - 1902

„We are going to have perhaps a thousand years of non-representational painting.“

—  Adolph Gottlieb American artist 1903 - 1974

1950s, Conversations With Artists, 1957

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„I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.“

—  Joseph Conrad, buch Under Western Eyes

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„I am searching for the proper harmony of rhythm and unchanging proportion, as I wrote in the article. And I cannot tell you how difficult it is. [Mondrian is reacting on Van Doesburg criticism of the strong domination of the regular grid in Mondrian's latest paintings]“

—  Piet Mondrian Peintre Néerlandais 1872 - 1944

In Mondrian's letter to Theo van Doesburg, Paris, 16 September 1919; as quoted in Mondrian, - The Art of Destruction, Carel Blotkamp, Reaktion Books LTD. London 2001, p. 171

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