I somehow cling to the strange fancy, that, in all men hiddenly reside certain wondrous, occult properties - as in some plants and minerals - which by some happy but very rare accident (as bronze was discovered by the melting of the iron and brass at the burning of Corinth) may chance to be called forth here on earth. - Melville
I make battle plans from the spirit of my sleeping soldiers. - Napoleon
An Icon can be of high or not-so-high quality, but a genuine apprehension of otherworldliness, a genuine experience invariably constitutes its foundation. - Pavel Florensky
Am Ende seines Tagebuchs über Malereiarbeiten, in das er die fürs Malen aufgewendete Zeit auf Stunden und Minuten genau eingetragen hat, steht zuletzt, kurz vor seinem Tod, dreiundzwanzigmal der Satz "An der Ruhe gemalt".
- Sebald über Stifter
Impressions of plants, very small landscapes.
- von der Wense
Their total existence is in metamorphosis, and their every aspect a surprise, or a deceit. - Ruskin
Only drama without movement is truly beautiful. - Simone Weil
Though in many of its aspects the visible world seems formed in love, the invisible spheres were formed in fright. - Melville
The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying glass. - Adorno
The man that once did sell the lion's skin While the beast lived, was killed with hunting him. - "Henry V"
The light that never was, on sea or land. - Wordsworth
The sound of a kind of Turkish death march. - Sebald
Every force evolves a form.
-Mother Ann Lee
...having begun with the shadows, and gone up to whiteness. - Ruskin
Mein Kahn ist ohne Steuer, er faehrt mit dem Wind, der in den untersten Regionen des Todes blaest. - Kafka
What seems paradoxical about everything that is justly called beautiful is the fact that it appears. - Benjamin, Schriften I, 349
And an allegory, when blended in with an everyday landscape, can easily become a hallucination.
If you think it over carefully, movement is impossible.
-Max Brod, Schloss Nornepygge
Finally, it was his intention to die without the assistance of death. - Hans Henny Jahnn
Elegance arises from the excavation, from the cavity... - Calasso
Only the hardly, barely prayable.
Paint not the object, but the effect it produces. - Mallarme
As if the track's maker had met in this forest some dark other self in chemistry with whom he had been fused traceless from the earth. - McCarthy, Outer Dark
...a stone abandoned in a field, cut by an unknown hand, according to unknown rules. -Calasso
To see a landscape as it is when I am not there.
- Simone Weil
There are ancient manuscripts in which the Gospel of Mark ends "Then they went out and ran from the tomb, beside themselves with terror". -Guy Davenport
The story of St. Peter healing the sick with his shadow.
Kasper Hauser's white wooden horse.
History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird. - Joseph Conrad
Whoever is the wisest among you is also mere conflict and a cross between plant and ghost. - Nietzsche
...sell the Shadow to Support the Substance.
I came into this world with a fine wound; I wasn't provided with anything else. - from "A Country Doctor"