Roger Fry quotes

  • Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.
    -- Roger Fry


  • No-one who has a real understanding of the art of painting attaches any importance to what we call the subject of a picture - what is represented. To one who feels the language of pictorial form, all depends on how it is presented, nothing on what.
    -- Roger Fry

    #Art #Real #Understanding

  • The painting is always conceived as the linear record of a rhythmic gesture: it is a graph of a dance executed by the hand. Not only the artist's eye and hand perform this dance, so does the eye of the beholder.
    -- Roger Fry

    #Eye #Artist #Hands

  • First I have a think, and then I put a line around it.
    -- Roger Fry

    #Art #Thinking #Lines

  • None the less, perhaps, the highest pleasure in art is identical with the highest pleasure inscientific theory. The emotion which accompanies the clear recognition of unity in a complex seems to be so similar in art and in science that it is difficult not to suppose that they are psychologically the same. It is, as it were, the final stage of both processes.
    -- Roger Fry

    #Art #Design #Unity

  • Art is significant deformity.
    -- Roger Fry

    #Art #Significant #Deformity

  • The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.

  • We must surrender ourselves so utterly that we can never own ourselves again. We must hand over self and all its rights in an eternal covenant, and give God the absolute right to own us, control us and possess us forever.

  • Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.

  • The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world.

  • As long as you want anything very much, especially more than you want God, it is an idol.

  • I would rather play with forked lightning, or take in my hand living wires with their fiery current, than to speak a reckless word against any servant of Christ, or idly repeat the slanderous darts which thousands of Christians are hurling on others, to the hurt of their own souls and bodies.

  • There is no kind of experience in which a Christian has a right to refuse to praise God, for 'all things work together for good to them that love God.'

  • I very much dislike the intolerance and moralism of many Christians, and feel more sympathy with Honest Doubters than with them.

  • When Christians start thinking about Jesus, things start breaking down, they lose their faith. It's perfectly possible to go to church every Sunday and not ask any questions, just because you like it as a way of life. They fear that if they ask questions they'll lose their Christ, the very linchpin of their religion.

  • …for a true Christian, all strangers are Jesus.