„When I am painting, driven by lively tensions, I want to express what’s going on in me. When that tension has ceased, when the life in me became visible, then something happened which had to happen. Over and over again you experience a work which is created in this way. What happened? It is hard to say, because it was not my mind that led but the inner desire that revealed its inner life.“

Letter to H.P. Bremmer, 17-11-1930, City Archive The Hague, as quoted in: Bram van Velde, A Tribute, Municipal Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, Municipal Museum Schiedam, Museum de Wieger, Deurne 1994, p. 50 (English translation: Charlotte Burgmans)
1930's

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Bram van Velde
niederländischer Maler 1895 - 1981

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„What happens when a new work of art is created, is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it.“

—  T.S. Eliot, buch Tradition and the Individual Talent

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Kontext: What happens when a new work of art is created, is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it. The existing monuments form an ideal order among themselves, which is modified by the introduction of the new (the really new) work of art among them. The existing order is complete before the new work arrives; for order to persist after the supervention of novelty, the whole existing order must be, if ever so slightly, altered; and so the relations, proportions, values of each work of art toward the whole are readjusted; and this is conformity between the old and the new.

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„I was going through the motions of life, instead of really living, and there’s no excuse for that. It’s not something I’ll let happen to me again.“

—  Charles de Lint author 1951

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„Wake me when what terrible thing is going to happen, happens, or if it appears I might get wet.“

—  Garth Nix Australian fantasy writer 1963

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„Exercise dissipates tension, and tension is the enemy of serenity. I found that I worked better and thought more clearly when I was in good physical condition, and so training became one of the inflexible disciplines of my life.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013

Interview with Gavin Evans, Soweto (15 February 1990) recounted in COVID-19 lockdown: Can you do Nelson Mandela's Robben Island prison cell workout? https://nationalpost.com/news/world/covid-19-lockdown-can-you-do-nelson-mandelas-prison-cell-workout?video_autoplay=true, 7 April 2020
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„Running became my way of solving this puzzle of what had happened to me. It was just me and the road.“

—  Jason P. Lester American triathlete and distance runner 1974

Running on Faith: the Principles, Passion and Pursuit of a Winning Life (2010); as quoted in "First Read: Jason Lester’s Running on Faith" https://web.archive.org/web/20140726214009/http://lavamagazine.com/first-read-jason-lesters-running-on-faith/?cbg_tz=-60, LAVA Magazine (November 2, 2010).

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„My work is independent of my will. My best works are created when driven by an inner strength. This has nothing to do with my will. It is that immediate spontaneity of my intense way of living that makes the difference between my work and a lot of other artists who make art works with their mind.“

—  Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981

Letter to H. E. Kramer, 14-11-1927, as quoted in: Bram van Velde, A Tribute, Municipal Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, Municipal Museum Schiedam, Museum de Wieger, Deurne 1994, p. 46 (English translation: Charlotte Burgmans)
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„Most people depend on the internet and cellphones to survive, but what happens when they stop working? I wanted to create a mother and child who wouldn't be defeated by life without them.“

—  Hayao Miyazaki Japanese animator, film director, and mangaka 1941

(2009) Independent News article 2009 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/hayao-miyazaki-modern-movies-are-too-weird-for-me-1678129.html
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„My dear Brother, - I am working like one actually possessed, more than ever I am in a dumb fury of work… Perhaps something will happen to me like what Eug. Delacroix spoke of, "I discovered painting when I had no longer teeth or breath." What I dream of in my best moments is not so much of striking color effects as once more the half tones.“

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Quote in his letter to brother Theo, from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Sept. 1889; as quoted in Vincent van Gogh, edited by Alfred H. Barr; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935 https://www.moma.org/documents/moma_catalogue_1996_300061887.pdf, p. 33 (letter 604)
1880s, 1889

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