If patience replaces time

Rick Jarow, USA

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

To affirm one’s life as a work of art is more than a middle-class pastime. It is, in fact, a direct challenge to a class-ridden European inheritance epitomized by William Butler Yeats’ contention that a man must choose between perfecting either the life or the work.


Muriel Rukeyser, USA

(Submitted by Debbie Thompson, USA)

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.


Oscar Wilde, Ireland

(Submitted by Fiona Lynch, Ireland)

Every single work of art is the fulfilment of a prophecy: for every work of art is the conversion of an idea into an image. Every single human being should be the fulfilment of a prophecy. For every human being should be the realisation of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man.

Your thoughts on: Art

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, England.

(Submitted by the author)

What is “art”?
At its most deep and basic level, art is expression.
Everything is art.
We are surrounded by art:
the way we talk; the way we eat; the way we smile;
The way we hate; the way we love; the way we work; the way we dream.
The way we act is simply an expression of what we are, or what we have let ourselves become. And in this sense, life is art.

Art, as a creative process, is often a
Conscious expression of an idea, a theme, an emotion, a perception.
Every move we make is art,
Conscious or unconscious.

The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown

Henri Matisse, France

(Submitted by Françoise Laguillier, France)

What is really going on

Billy Joel, USA

(Submitted by Donna Moran, USA)

Artists - musicians, painters, writers, poets - always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.


Nicholas Roerich, Russia

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Consciousness of Beauty will save the world.

Lying in bed

GK Chesterton, England

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

Unending desert

Wang Wei, China

(Submitted by Anders Eriksson, Sweden)

Unending desert; smoke rises up straight and lonely.
There is a long river; round is the sun setting.

Islamic Calligraphy

Parvin Heydari Nassab, Iran

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

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