"Put a man in the wrong environment and nothing will function as it should. He will seem unhealthy in every part. Put him back into his proper element and everything will blossom and look healthy. But if he is not in his right element, what then? Well then he just has to make the best of appearing before the world as a cripple."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
"Seemingly there is nothing left but quietism - robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it."
"I think to be an artist now means to question the nature of art - that's what being "creative" means to me because that includes the whole responsibility of the artist as a person as well as the cultural implications of his or her activity. To say that the artist only makes high-brow craft for a cottage industry's specialized market might satisfy the needs of this society ... but it's an insult to the valued remains of an "avant garde" tradition ... unless artists reconceptualize their activity to include responsibility for re-thinking art itself, than all that is of value in art will be subsumed by the market, because then we will have lost the moral tool to keep art from just becoming another high-class business."
- Joseph Kosuth
"Look what lies at your feet, a crack in the ground, sparkling gravel, a tuft of grass, some crushed debris, offer equally worthy subjects for your applause and admiration."
- Jean Dubuffet
"Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hinderance born into space, I consider sculpture."
- Isamu Noguchi
" I learned many things from Joseph Cornell. He was a wonderful man, and his attitude as an artist was that of one offering his work to God. He created things not for himself or for fame or money, but in order to grow closer to God. There has never been anyone whose heart was purer. No matter how impoverished he may have been, I don't think he ever worried about making a living. Even when he had no money to get through the following day, he remained upright and balanced. Most people would panic in such a situation, but Joseph was not like most people. He believed that tomorrow would take care of itself."
- Yayoi Kusama
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
- Elizabeth Appell
"This is the true joy in life, the being used by a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown into the scrap heap."
- George Bernard Shaw
"Love in action is always about service, what we do to enhance spiritual growth. A focus on individual reflection, contemplation, and therapeutic dialogue is vital to healing. But it is not the only way to recover ourselves. Serving others is as fruitful a path to the heart as any other therapeutic practice."
- Bell Hooks