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"War is an abstraction." - Bruce Jackson

"I like residing in abstraction." - Sufjan Stevens

"Pure drawing is an abstraction." - Paul Cezanne

"Abstraction is an esoteric language." - Eric Fischl

"Art, indeed, began with abstraction." - Sigfried Giedion

"Poetry is an abstraction bloodied." - Wallace Stevens

"Abstraction is the enemy of meaning." - Marshall Ganz

"Light is snow sifted / To an abstraction." - May Sarton

"Abstraction and realism work best together." - Ken Danby

"Abstraction is everybody's zero but nobody's nought." - Robert Smithson

"Washington isn't a city, it's an abstraction." - Dylan Thomas

"Do not copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction." - Paul Gauguin

"The story of evolution unfolds with increasing levels of abstraction." - Ray Kurzweil

"An ounce of application is worth a ton of abstraction." - Booker T Washington

"All art is an abstraction to some degree." - Henry Moore

"The state, the state apparatus, is not an abstraction." - Samora Machel

"Abstraction can provide stumbling blocks for people of strange intelligence." - Gustave Flaubert

"A study, by its very nature, is an abstraction." - Jane Velezmitchell

"Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature." - Josef Albers

"I'm really interested in the nondefinitive element of abstraction." - Julie Mehretu

"I still believe in abstraction, but now I know that one ends with abstraction, not starts with it" - Alexander Stepanov

"The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense." - Jean Piaget

"Science is a little bit more than a wonderful way of modelling and predicting; its a wonderful technical abstraction. I think science is a really wonderful technical abstraction." - Bernard Beckett

"To my mind certain so-called abstraction is not abstraction at all....on the contrary it is realism of our time." - Adolph Gottlieb

"My work has the abstraction underneath it all now & what I deliberately set out to do down here, for this is the perfect realistic abstraction in landscape." - Marsden Hartley

"Science is a little bit more than a wonderful way of modelling and predicting; it's a wonderful technical abstraction. I think science is a really wonderful technical abstraction." - Bernard Beckett

"In past times when one lived in contact with nature, abstraction was easy; it was done unconsciously. Now in our denaturalized age abstraction becomes an effort." - Piet Mondrian

"Yes, there was an element of abstraction and unreality in misfortune. But when an abstraction starts to kill you, you have to get to work on it." - Albert Camus

"The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty." - Piet Mondrian

"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes." - Arshile Gorky

"Mankind? That is an abstraction. There have always been and always will be only individuals." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Seek art and abstraction in nature by dreaming in the presence of it." - Paul Gauguin

"Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction, and certainly not in isolation." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Abstraction is the way to the heart - it is not the heart itself." - John Piper

"I'm an abstract painter not just for myself, but because I really believe in abstraction." - Brice Marden

"Music mirrors where we should go, have gone and can go. Music is an abstraction." - Max Roach

"Time is an abstraction which, on earth, exists only for the human brain it has evolved." - Charles Lindbergh

"Abstraction and luxury are the guard dogs of the upper class." - Jeff Koons

"Two elements are needed to form a truth - a fact and an abstraction" - Remy De Gourmont

"To arrive at abstraction, it is always necessary to begin with a concrete reality." - Pablo Picasso

"Home is where the heart is, we say, rubbing the flint of one abstraction against another." - Diane Ackerman

"An abstraction will move a mountain: Nothing can withstand an idea." - Isabel Paterson

"All art is abstract, because art is an abstraction of the truth." - Milford Zornes

"I expect of abstraction as much as what imagery does for me... to carry meaning." - Kay WalkingStick

"Abstraction generally involves implication, suggestion and mystery, rather than obvious description." - Robert Genn

"If I choose abstraction over reality, it is because I consider it the lesser chaos." - Robert Breault

"Abstraction means getting away from a visual interpretation but nearer to an emotional one." - Henry Moore

"I think, with abstraction, it's easy to fall into a sort of pastiche." - Joe Bradley

"If I choose abstraction over reality, it is because I find it the lesser chaos." - Robert Brault

"Philosophy does not exist. It is nothing but an hypostatized abstraction." - R D Laing

"Nothing so tires a person as having to struggle, not with himself, but with an abstraction." - Jose Saramago

"We have tried to fit man into abstraction, but he does not fit." - Mark Tobey

"Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured." - Paul Cezanne

"Two elements are needed to form a truth - a fact and an abstraction." - Remy De Gourmont

"Absolute honesty is as absurd an abstraction as an absolute temperature or an absolute value." - George Bernard Shaw

"With greater completeness and abstraction, I have attained a form filtered to its essentials." - Henri Matisse

"By means of the sign, man frees himself from the here and now for abstraction." - Umberto Eco

"Almost without exception, blue refers to the domain of abstraction and immateriality." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Reflective abstraction, however, is based not on individual actions but on coordinated actions." - Jean Piaget

"Enjoying art is a personal matter. It's made up by contemplation, silence, abstraction." - Renzo Piano

"Time is an absurdity. An abstraction. The only thing that matters is this moment." - Jonathan Nolan

"Remember that every science is based upon an abstraction. An abstraction is taking a point of view or looking at things under a certain aspect or from a particular angle." - Fulton J Sheen

"I consider my work non-objective and I think abstract is an abstraction of something, like a landscape. Abstraction means something is abstracted. It relates to something. Non-objective relates to nothing. It has no object." - Pat Steir

"The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can clarify in paint." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"Everything in dancing is style, allusion, the essence of many thoughts and feelings. The abstraction of many moments." - Alvin Ailey

"I've always wondered, like, what is so masculine about abstraction? How did men get the ownership over this?" - Cecily Brown

"The Geometer has the special privilege to carry out, by abstraction, all constructions by means of the intellect." - Evangelista Torricelli

"Time isn't made of anything. It is an abstraction. Just a meaning that we impose upon motion." - Anne Carson

"In principle, any abstraction of the object is allowed which has a sufficiently strong creative power behind it." - Max Beckmann

"Freedom which has genuine meaning is more than a timeless abstraction, more than an absence of restraints." - Helen Lynd

"No religion can be considered in abstraction from its followers, or even from its various types of followers." - Alfred North Whitehead

"It is not that uncommon for the cost of an abstraction to outweigh the benefit it delivers. Kill one today!" - John Carmack

"Every work of art is an abstraction from time; it denies the reality of change and decay and death." - Lewis Mumford

"In my experience, you either have encapsulation and abstraction or you have neither. There is no middle ground." - Steve Mcconnell

"The career of a young theoretical physicist consists of treating the harmonic oscillator in ever-increasing levels of abstraction." - Sidney Coleman

"Abstraction and representation are supposed to be going down two very different paths, one sociological and the other aesthetic." - Kerry James Marshall

"The appearance is the allusion of abstraction when in fact I am in control of every aspect of that symmetry." - Kerry James Marshall

"Arabs are a complete abstraction in the propaganda world and all the death and destruction is completely unreal to Americans." - Aleksandar Hemon

"I wouldn't say I'm a very technical [guitar] player. I'm more intuitive - it's always more about chasing an abstraction." - Annie E. Clark

", indeed nothing so tires a person as having to struggle, not with himself, but with an abstraction." - Jose Saramago

"Administration, n. An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president." - Ambrose Bierce

"A perfume is more than an extract it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique." - Giorgio Armani

"The desert is no longer a landscape, it is a pure form produced by the abstraction of all others." - Jean Baudrillard

"People who are too fastidious towards the finite never reach actuality, but linger in abstraction, and their light dies away." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world." - Jerry Saltz

"The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction." - Auguste Comte

"Red Carpet has a nice package abstraction layer that allows us to support RPMs and DEBs transparently." - Nat Friedman

"So the universe is constantly moving in the direction of higher evolutionary impulses, creativity, abstraction, and meaning." - Deepak Chopra

"I felt like my parents were always involved with abstraction, and I wanted to do something very specific." - Lena Dunham

"Abstraction is an exercise in a pre-assured failure. It is a futile attempt to communicate the non-communicable" - Derek R. Audette

"When truth is nothing but truth, it's unnatural, it's an abstraction that resembles nothing in the real world." - Aldous Huxley

"Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction..." - Abraham Maslow

"Abstraction returned as soon as artists tried to come to closer grips with reality than naturalistic representation permitted..." - Sigfried Giedion

"It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction." - Doris Lessing

"Relationships do not happen in abstraction. They need a place; they need a centre, even a home." - Brendan Myers

"Abstract understanding doesn't mean arbitrary sloshing and messing. Abstract art is controlled visual magic based on laws and methodology. Abstraction generally involves implication, suggestion and mystery rather that obvious description. Like a good poem, a good abstraction attacks your feelings before your understanding. Abstraction within realism adds zest and excitement to otherwise dull subject matter. Abstract understanding takes time and patience." - Robert Genn

"If I see a human body on the stage, I don't see it as an abstraction. I see it as a body." - Antony Tudor

"As a movement Cubism had consistently stopped short of complete abstraction. Heretics such as Delaunay had painted pure abstractions but in so doing had deserted Cubism." - Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

"Someone who is incapable of drawing, and cannot master line or colour perspective can always express themselves in some form of abstraction." - Hans Werner Henze

"There is an amount of abstraction in my movies, and sometimes they don't really understand it until the film is finished." - Michel Gondry

"True to her inveterate habit, rationalism reverts to 'principles,' and thinks that when an abstraction once is named, we own an oracular solution." - William James

"Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction." - Henry David Thoreau

"Wisdom... is often an abstraction associated not with fact or reality but with the man who asserts it and the manner of its assertion." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"There is nothing mysterious, as some have tried to maintain, about the applicability of mathematics. What we get by abstraction from something can be returned." - Raymond Louis Wilder

"If you want an application to be portable, you don't necessarily create an abstraction layer like a microkernel so much as you program intelligently." - Linus Torvalds

"Computer Science is a science of abstraction -creating the right model for a problem and devising the appropriate mechanizable techniques to solve it." - Alfred Aho

"Do not copy nature. Art is an abstraction. Rather, bring your art forth by dreaming in front of her and think more of creation." - Paul Gauguin

"I do believe abstraction is and was meant to embody deep emotion. I believe that's its job, in the history of art." - Sean Scully

"Happiness is an abstraction, it is a product of the imagination, it is a way of being moved, which depends entirely on our way of seeing and feeling." - Marquis De Sade

"The purpose of abstraction is not to be vague, but to create a new semantic level in which one can be absolutely precise." - Edsger Dijkstra

"To make someone an icon is to make him an abstraction, and abstractions are incapable of vital communication with living people." - David Foster Wallace

"Cubism did not accept the logical consequences of its own discoveries; it was not developing abstraction towards its own goal, the expression of pure reality." - Piet Mondrian

"The Hindus have cultivated the power of analysis and abstraction. No nation has yet produced a grammar like that of Panini." - Swami Vivekananda

"The imagination is the liberty of the mind It is intrpeid and eager and the extreme of its achievement lies in abstraction." - Wallace Stevens

"An audience is an abstraction; it has no taste. It must depend on the only person who has (pardon, should have), the conductor." - Igor Stravinsky

"Men of ideas and men of action have much to learn from each other, and the truly great are men of both action and abstraction." - Jack Donovan

"Whether dark presages of the night proceed from any latent power of the soul during her abstraction, or from any operation of subordinate spirits, has been a dispute." - Joseph Addison

"When a man knows that the abstraction ten exists - nothing on earth can stop him from looking for the fact of eleven." - Lorraine Hansberry

"Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction. All good painters know this. But the painter cannot dispense with subjects altogether without his work suffering impoverishment." - Diego Rivera

"Pay attention to minute particulars. Take care of the little ones. Generalization and abstraction are the plea of the hypocrite, scoundrel, and knave." - William Blake

"The philosopher Elaine Scarry has observed that "beauty always takes place in the particular." Cruelty, on the other hand, prefers abstraction." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"Keep Hope alive, particularly if Hope is the name of a very cute puppy and not some ill-defined abstraction that is in fact code for big government." - Jonah Goldberg

"The effective exploitation of his powers of abstraction must be regarded as one of the most vital activities of a competent programmer." - Edsger Dijkstra

"Abstraction is itself an abstract word and has no single meaning ... Every word in our language is abstract, because it represents something else." - Eric Maisel

"Whether a photo or music, or a drawing or anything else I might do-it's ultimately all an abstraction of my peculiar experience." - William Eggleston

"Whether a photo or music, or a drawing or anything else I might do-it's ultimately all an abstraction of my peculiar experience." - William Eggleston

"Beauty comes from the balance between two and three dimensions, between abstraction and representation - I seek the equilibrium behind changing appearances." - Henri Matisse

"The pendulum of mathematics swings back and forth towards abstraction and away from it with a timing that remains to be estimated." - Gian-Carlo Rota

"All that is alive tends toward color, individuality, specificity, effectiveness and opacity. All that is done with life inclines toward knowledge, abstraction, generality transfiguration and transparency." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If power is abstraction, which many black men, black women, and people of color have very little voice in, well, then I want to sit at the table." - Mark Bradford

"Malevitch discovered abstraction as an experimental principle that can propel creative work to previously unheard levels of invention; this abstract work allowed much greater levels of creativity." - Zaha Hadid

"The major abstraction is the idea of man And major man is its exponent, abler In the abstract than in his singular, More fecund as principle than particle" - Wallace Stevens

"In being more than an exception, part, Though an heroic part, of the commonal. The major abstraction is the commonal, The inanimate, difficult visage." - Wallace Stevens

"In his own way each man must struggle, lest the moral law become a far-off abstraction utterly separated from his active life." - Jane Addams

"Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem; it does not require a belief in abstract entities." - Tom G Palmer

"What I actually admire in Perl is its ability to provide a very successful abstraction of the horrible mess that is collectively called Unix." - Erik Naggum

"Abstraction brings the world into more complex, variable relations; it can extract beauty, alternative topographies, ugliness, and intense actualities from seeming nothingness." - Jerry Saltz

"What I hope is I'll eventually be seen as an actual individual, not as some abstraction - an art dealer running a museum." - Jeffrey Deitch

"By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction." - John Dewey

"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself." - Havelock Ellis

"I feel most free onstage. The audience, it's an abstraction. You don't really see anyone out there, but you feel the audience inside you." - Kim Gordon

"Early-twentieth-century abstraction is art's version of Einstein's Theory of Relativity. It's the idea that changed everything everywhere: quickly, decisively, for good." - Jerry Saltz

"The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval." - Franz Grillparzer

"The dynamic element in my philosophy, taken as a whole, can be seen as an obstinate and untiring battle against the spirit of abstraction." - Gabriel Marcel

"The job of the color photographer is to provide some level of abstraction that can take the image out of the daily." - Joel Sternfeld

"Whether a photo or music, or a drawing or anything else I might do-it's ultimately all an abstraction of my peculiar experience." - William Eggleston

"Elegance is reduction, simplification, condensation. It is spare, stark, sleek. Elegance is cultivated abstraction. The source of Greek and Roman classicism - clarity, order, proportion, balance - is in Egypt." - Camille Paglia

"No doubt, in complete abstraction one has a feeling of a great shock, if not an explosion, and in approaching the real, one feels health and truth restored..." - Jean Helion

"To think of abstraction as an end in itself is undoubtedly letting oneself be led into a cul-de-sac and can only lead to exhaustion and impotence." - Jacob Epstein

"The economy is not an abstraction. The economy consists of people, and it will only grow if people feel secure and are reasonably free." - John Bruton



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