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Abstract Thought Quotes


"The mind is inherently embodied. Thought is mostly unconscious. Abstract concepts are largely metaphorical." - George Lakoff

"Americans have no capacity for abstract thought, and make bad coffee." - Georges Clemenceau

"Whoever thought the immediate alternates with the immediate action is not an abstract painter." - Pierre Alechinsky

"To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought." - Honore De Balzac

"You've got a lot of time for abstract thought when you've got your hand stuck up a dead badger." - Terry Pratchett

"The abstract way we think is really grounded in the concrete, bodily world much more than we thought." - John Bargh

"Lenin thought abstract art was a conspiracy by the bourgeois to demoralize the proletariat. Yeah, socialist realism!" - Carl Andre

"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you...." - Jackson Pollock

"Reality is infinitely diverse, compared with even the subtlest conclusions of abstract thought, and does not allow of clear-cut and sweeping distinctions. Reality resists classification." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Maybe I was a little jealous or envious of the abstract painters - but the truth was I thought what they were doing was boring." - Larry Rivers

"Most people would have found it grotesque, but when you're in love nothing is so abstract or horrible that it can't be thought of as cute." - David Sedaris

"You have something that exists in your head, and getting that abstract thought from your head into something that actually exists is a difficult process." - Lazaro Hernandez

"Thought is the thought of thought." - James Joyce

"... scientific research is compounded of ... empirical procedures, general speculative ideas, and mathematical or abstract reasoning." - James Bryant Conant

"Sisterly love is, of all sentiments, the most abstract. Nature does not grant it any functions." - Ugo Betti

"I paint abstract expressions." - Billy Zane

"You need language for thought, and you need language to anticipate death. There is no abstract thought without language and no anticipation. I think the anticipation of death without language would be impossible." - David Cronenberg

"For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the Hegelian critique with no regrets; it would appear to me, indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought, as a thought of understanding." - Paul Ricoeur

"Human intellect is incurably abstract." - C S Lewis

"Funerals are all abstract ceremony." - Chuck Palahniuk

"All good art is abstract." - John Newman

"On an incredibly simplistic level, you can think of depression as occurring when your cortex thinks an abstract thought and manages to convince the rest of the brain that this is as real as a physical stressor." - Robert M. Sapolsky

"I thought of a labyrinth of labyrinths, of one sinuous spreading labyrinth that would encompass the past and the future . . . I felt myself to be, for an unknown period of time, an abstract perceiver of the world." - Jorge Luis Borges

"One's mind and the earth are in a constant state of erosion, mental rivers wear away abstract banks, brain waves undermine cliffs of thought, ideas decompose into stones of unknowing, and conceptual crystallizations break apart into deposits of gritty reason." - Robert Smithson

"The abstract expressionists had that thing of, subject matter becomes content, content becomes form. And I always thought there was no room for style. I felt with my painting, the style really is the content. The style holds everything together." - Alex Katz

"We're not good at noticing slow, steady changes in our environments, our senses are not very acute compared to those of many animals, and we're pretty awful at abstract thought, much less acting on it." - Dale Jamieson

"Art comes into being in that abstract interval between a thought and reality, and no one - not even the artist who created it - can remeasure the influences that caused it." - Edgar Alwin Payne

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking." - Albert Einstein

"What interested me was dance - the way that it was constructed with time-space constructions, and that it was abstract. I always thought: 'Why couldn't theater be that way? Or an opera?'" - Robert Wilson

"Screenwriting is always about what people say or do, whereas good writing is about a thought process or an abstract image or an internal monologue, none of which works on screen." - David Nicholls

"When she was fifteen if you'd told her that when she was twenty she'd be going to bed with bald-headed men and liking it, she would have thought you very abstract." - H G Wells

"The abstract has no emotional content... the abstract is more powerful the more abstract it is." - Cecil Balmond

"Thought before word, never word before thought." - Suzy Kassem

"For centuries, we in the West have thought of ourselves as rational animals whose mental capacities transcend our bodily nature. In this traditional view our minds are abstract, logical, unemotionally rational, consciously accessible, and, above all, able to directly fit and represent the world. Language has a special place in thie view of what a human is - it is a privileged, logical symbol system internal to our minds that transparently expresses abstract concepts that are defined in terms of the external world itself." - George Lakoff

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Ideas need collective thought." - Ian Somerhalder

"Thought alone is eternal." - Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton

"Thought makes reality." - Vanna Bonta

"Where human eyes have never seen, where human beings have never been, I build a world of abstract dreams, and I wait for you." - Sun Ra

"Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases, and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them." - William James

"Money is human happiness in the abstract." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"Nothing is more abstract than reality." - Giorgio Morandi

"Abstract truth is the eye of reason." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Even abstract shapes must have a likeness" - Willem De Kooning

"Time, that most abstract of humanity's homes." - W G Sebald

"I do not see scales as abstract." - James Galway

"The abstract kills, the concrete saves." - Sylvia Plath

"An abstract painting need in 50 years by no means look "abstract" any longer." - Marcel Duchamp

"As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies,as a form of abstract thought. I dont wish to deny the uses of the intellect,but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect by itself will lead one nowhere." - J M Coetzee

"I have always, privately and humbly, thought it a pity that so good a word [as culture] should go out of the best vocabularies; for when you lose an abstract term, you are apt to lose the thing it stands for." - Katharine Fullerton Gerould

"I loved surrealism and abstract painting, and anything related to those. I always thought painting was the highest form of art. What led me to drawing was seeing so much self-important, pretentious, conceptual-type art in university. I wanted to reject that by making quick, fun art." - Neil Farber

"I thought, enough of this, I'm not an abstract painter, what the hell am I going to do? Should I get a job in a shoe store, sell real estate, or what? I was really depressed by the whole thing, because I felt like a painter, yet I couldn't make paintings." - Ralph Goings

"In the abstract, it might be tempting to imagine that irreducible complexity simply requires multiple simultaneous mutations - that evolution might be far chancier than we thought, but still possible. Such an appeal to brute luck can never be refuted... Luck is metaphysical speculation; scientific explanations invoke causes." - Michael Behe

"The soaring, imaginative minds of men, constructing lofty, shimmering piles of abstract thought, and taking as their postulate a revelation from God, gaveus relgions which coule not possible maintained without belief and obedience: ... we find them most permanent and changeless among people who make the least effort to swquare their beliefs with the laws of life." - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"I've not seen an effective manager or leader who can't spend some fraction of time down in the trenches... If they don't do that they get out of touch with reality, and their whole thought and management process becomes abstract and disconnected." - Jeff Bezos

"Christ did not found an abstract religion, a mere school of religious thought. He setup a community of apostles, of teachers, with the task of spreading His message and so giving rise to a society of believers: His Church. He promised the Spirit of truth to His Church and then sent Him." - Pope Paul Vi

"In civilized places idleness, once the prerequisite for abstract thought, poetry, religion, philosophy, and falling in love, has become a character flaw. In America we've managed to stamp it out almost completely, and few people under forty can remember a single moment of it, even in earliest childhood. The phrase 'spare time' has vanished from the land." - Barbara Holland

"I didn't see an abstract painting until I was 18, when I went to Vincent Price's house and saw Richard Niebencorn, Wolff, Jackson Pollack. He had an amazing collection. I didn't know people painted abstractly, I thought I was just doing something wholeheartedly." - Dennis Hopper

"As with most of my work, I started from the abstract, from research, building an intellectual model that slowly became internalized when the characters came alive. It's fascinating what happens to the model you've so assiduously assembled when characters are allowed to run rampant: things you thought essential are broken and other things are vastly improved." - Lauren Groff

"Nobody really thinks who does not abstract from that which is given, who does not relate the facts to the factors which have made them, who does not - in his mind - undo the facts. Abstractness is the very life of thought, the token of its authenticity." - Herbert Marcuse

"Auguste Comte defines the feminine sex as the affective or emotional sex, and the male sex as the effective or active sex. This must be understood as meaning that with women there is a much close connection between mind and body. Woman's thought are less abstract than man's." - Andre Maurois

"Critical (i.e., separating) methods apply only to the world-as-nature. It would be easier to break up a theme of Beethoven with dissecting knife or acid than to break up the soul by methods of abstract thought . Nature-knowledge and man-knowledge have neither ways nor aims in common." - Oswald Spengler

"Nobody really thinks who does not abstract from that which is given, who does not relate the facts to the factors which have made them, who does not in his mind undo the facts. Abstractness is the very life of thought, the token of its authenticity." - Herbert Marcuse

"As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies, as a form of abstract thought. I don't wish to deny the uses of the intellect, but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect by itself will lead one nowhere." - J M Coetzee

"I love the idea of leaving some of the original abstract thought in, because the problem is that when you pick up a pen you become a snob, your own worse critic. You edit yourself in a way that is non-creative." - Glen Hansard

"I had never thought that I would be involved in narrative structures. As a young guy, I was more interested in abstract modeling. But as I got older, I began to see that there was no reason to limit myself to any intellectual or conceptual postulate, when in fact I'm a professional student of music." - Anthony Braxton

"For Singapore, its test for its own democracy must be whether it fit and serve the interests of its people and conditions, and not serve some abstract ideal that the Western media thought it ought to conform to. If in 10 years, Philippines, Taiwan and Korea were better societies because they adopted the US model, Singapore would hurry to catch." - Goh Chok Tong

"What thought can think, another thought can mend." - Robert Southwell

"Liberty of thought means liberty to communicate one's thought." - Salvador de Madariaga

"The material of thought re-acts upon the thought itself." - James Russell Lowell

"I've sometimes thought of marrying - and then I've thought again." - Noel Coward

"Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought." - T S Eliot

"The highest thought is always a thought which contains joy." - Neale Donald Walsch

"Belief is thought at rest." - Larry Harvey

"Another problem of fragmentation is that thought divides itself from feeling and from the body. Thought is said to be the mind; we have the notion that it is something abstract or spiritual or immaterial. Then there is the body, which is very physical. And we have emotions, which are perhaps somewhere in between. The idea is that they are all different. That is, we think of them as different. And we experience them as different because we think of them as different." - David Bohm

"This New Age is marking the dawn of a new world-thought. That new thought is a new cosmic concept of the value of man to man. The whole world is discovering that all mankind is one and that the unity of man is real - not just an abstract idea. Mankind is beginning to discover that the hurt of any man hurts every man, and, conversely, the uplift of any man uplifts every man" - Walter Russell

"Ivan Ilych saw that he was dying, and he was in continual despair. In the depth of his heart he knew he was dying, but not only was he not accustomed to the thought, he simply did not and could not grasp it. The syllogism he had learnt from Kiesewetter's Logic: "Caius is a man, men are mortal, therefore Caius is mortal," had always seemed to him correct as applied to Caius, but certainly not as applied to himself. That Caius - man in the abstract - was mortal, was perfectly correct, but he was not Caius, not an abstract man, but a creature quite, quite separate from all others." - Leo Tolstoy

"And Thought leapt out to wed with Thought, Ere Thought could wed itself with Speech." - Alfred Tennyson

"I can never fathom it when people say things like "I can't understand abstract art!" Or: "Abstract art is junk!" Or: "Abstract art isn't as valid as realism!"" - Derek R. Audette

"The freer the soul, the more abstract painting becomes." - Marc Chagall

"All men in the abstract are just and good." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Oh, I hate the cheap severity of abstract ethics!" - Oscar Wilde

"All representations of a thing are inherently abstract." - John Green

"Remember-boredom is the enemy, not some abstract "failure." - Tim Ferriss

"Art is only abstract when you look the other way." - Karen Elizabeth Gordon

"All good art is abstract in its structure." - Paul Strand

"My art is not abstract, it lives and breathes" - Mark Rothko

"Abstract Expressionism was invented by New York drunks." - Joni Mitchell

"Detailed descriptions, abstract ambitions, relevant observations, your's and mine." - Ellen Hopkins

"I try to make concrete that which is abstract." - Juan Gris

"Even an abstract form has to have a likeness." - Willem De Kooning

"Abstract knowledge is always useful, sooner or later." - Robert A Heinlein

"I like it when I can get really abstract." - Richard McGuire

"Abstract propositions should never be discussed by a legislative body." - James Buchanan

"This paper was one of my digressions into abstract economics." - William Vickrey

"Film is abstract, not definite. It is a dream." - Jacques Audiard

"I like the fact that music is more abstract." - Bryan Ferry

"In every respect, fantasy is like doing abstract paintings." - Lance Henriksen

"Tenderness can be just as abstract as insanity." - David

"Of all the arts, music is really the most abstract." - Leo Ornstein

"Abstract reason, formerly the servant of practical human reasons, has everywhere become its master, and denies poetry any excuse for existence. Though philosophers like to define poetry as irrational fancy, for us it is practical, humorous, reasonable way of being ourselves. Of never acquiescing in a fraud; of never accepting the secondary-rate in poetry, painting, music, love, friends. Of safeguarding our poetic institutions against the encroachments of mechanized, insensate, inhumane, abstract rationality." - Robert Graves

"I think, basically, I'm an abstract artist. I just think that that's not even an issue. I think everything's abstract." - Julian Schnabel

"I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality, abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery." - Eric Cantona

"It's different when you talk about immigration in the abstract... It's very different when you sit in front of a family, and [undocumented] children who grew up in this country, and who go to the same school you once went to... They thought if we only enforce the law, people will self-deport... It's not going to happen. The solution is not the status quo, or deportation when you're talking about breaking up families." - Mike Coffman

"An immoderate fondness for dress, for pleasure, and for sway, are the passions of savages; the passions that occupy those uncivilized beings who have not yet extended the dominion of the mind, or even learned to think with the energy necessary to concatenate that abstract train of thought which produces principles.... that women from their education and the present state of civilized life, are in the same condition, cannotbe controverted." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"Well, I wanted to be a philosopher, which is the idlest occupation in the world. I wanted to be involved in abstract thought, but because of various problems with the authorities I wasn't able to pull that one off. A lifetime of idleness in academia would have really suited me. So I was thrown out, as it were. Other than that, there seemed no possible idle occupations, so writing . . . although writing isn't exactly idleness. There's an enormous tension between indolence and languor." - Will Self

"The master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts. He must reach a high standard in several different directions and must combine talents not often found together. He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher - in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words. He must contemplate the particular in terms of the general, and touch abstract and concrete in the same flight of thought. He must study the present in the light ofthe past for the purposes of the future" - John Maynard Keynes

"At the classical origins of philosophic thought, the transcending concepts remained committed to the prevailing separation between intellectual and manual labor to the established society of enslavement. ... Those who bore the brunt of the untrue reality and who, therefore, seemed to be most in need of attaining its subversion were not the concern of philosophy. It abstracted from them and continued to abstract from them." - Herbert Marcuse

"Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought." - Thomas Carlyle

"I thought men like that shot themselves." - George V

"Thought is a means of concealing Truth." - Alan Watts

"Peace is only a thought away." - Jill Bolte Taylor

"Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation." - Emil Cioran

"Thought that is silenced is always rebellious." - Alan Barth

"I always thought I was different." - Sarah Dessen

"Ink is the transcript of thought." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"Memory is the residue of thought" - Daniel T. Willingham

"Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power." - Charles F. Haanel

"Eloquence is the painting of thought ..." - Blaise Pascal

"Labor is life; thought is light." - Victor Hugo

"Thought is the seed of action." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Contempt, thought Tyrion, the universal tongue." - George R R Martin

"...the moron who thought love was forever." - Daniel Handler

"I never thought I would be impeached." - Andrew Johnson

"The power of thought is extremely powerful." - Tenzin Palmo

"The thought is the significant proposition." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Logic is the anatomy of thought." - John Locke

"Wit is the unexpected explosion of thought." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"The price of wisdom is eternal thought." - Frank Birch

"Expression is the dress of thought." - Alexander Pope

"Life's more amusing than we thought." - Andrew Lang

"chaos of thought and passion, all confus'd." - Alexander Pope

"I've thought about going back to school." - Emily Vancamp

"I stopped caring what people thought." - Namie Amuro

"I thought happiness came from achievement." - Paul Henderson

"Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation." - Emile M Cioran

"I never thought I would be divorced." - Andrew Cuomo

"I thought conceptual art was a joke." - Gian Carlo Menotti

"The third stage is no thought." - Frederick Lenz

"A thought is an idea in transit." - Pythagoras

"My first thought is always of light." - Galen Rowell

"I always thought communism was crap, really." - Alexei Sayle

"I thought I was a good kid." - Seann William Scott

"Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority." - Elbert Hubbard

"I thought 'The King's Speech' was great." - Paul Haggis

"Language is the dress of thought." - Samuel Johnson

"It's always nice to be thought of." - Martina Mcbride

"I thought Christians were walking idiots." - Josh Mcdowell

"Virginity can be lost by a thought." - St Jerome



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