Thornton Willis quotes

  • Clio may be the most austere and chaste of the Muses, but she has been known to come down informally from Mount Helicon in a mood so raffish that there are those who claim to have seen her with her slip showing.
    -- Thornton Willis

    #History #May #Muse

  • I invent, find, and borrow ways of making painterly statements, which reflect my person to the extent that I am able to reach into that core of my being. It’s a kind of self-analysis that requires a balance between the rational and the intuited.
    -- Thornton Willis

    #Self #Balance #Analysis

  • I believe that it is important for the artist, painter, poet, dancer, etc. to keep in mind that it is the art that drives the art world and not the other way around. Artists and other people of intelligence have the power to bring deeper content to our culture.
    -- Thornton Willis

    #Art #Believe #People

  • Once upon a time, a historian told me that the most important choice a new historian could make was of his or her specialist subject. Most of the good stuff was far too overcrowded, so you had to pick about in the exotic and extinct. His recommendations were the Picts or the Minoans, because hardly anything was known about them and you could spend a happy lifetime of speculation.

  • The male clerk with his quill pen and copper-plate handwriting had gone for good. The female short-hand typist took his place. It was a decisive moment in women's emancipation.

  • A land without ruins is a land without memories - a land without memories is a land without history.

  • A bona fide spiritual master, under the guidance of authorities, can turn anyone to the Vaisnava cult so that naturally he may come to the topmost position of a brahmana.

  • While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.

  • Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action.

  • You will be courteous to your elders who have explored to the point from which you may advance; and helpful to your juniors who will progress farther by reason of your labors.

  • Fashion is a MUSE, you must seduce her.

  • My ultimate search has been for a muse.

  • I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.