— Jasper Johns American artist 1930
Book A (sketchbook), p 40, c 1963-64: as quoted in Jasper Johns, Writings, sketchbook Notes, Interviews, ed. Kirk Varnedoe, Moma New York, 1996, p. 53
— Jasper Johns American artist 1930
„Wont you draw back the curtain within me,
O Lord Venkataramana of Tirupati, Open up this screen of envy.“
— Tyagaraja Carnatic musician and composer 1767 - 1847
— Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
Context: "I do not know whether behind appearances there lives and moves a secret essence superior to me. Nor do I ask; I do not care. I create phenomena in swarms, and paint with a full palette a gigantic and gaudy curtain before the abyss. Do not say, "Draw the curtain that I may see the painting." The curtain is the painting.
„On a mellow evening in September, I was coming from the garden with a heavy basket of apples which I had been gathering. It had got dusk, and the moon looked over the high wall of the court, causing undefined shadows to lurk in the corners of the numerous projecting portions of the building. I set my burden on the house steps by the kitchen door, and lingered to rest, and draw in a few more breaths of the soft, sweet air; my eyes were on the moon, and my back to the entrance, when I heard a voice behind me say“
— Emily Brontë English novelist and poet 1818 - 1848
Nelly Dean (Ch. X).
— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
— Francois Rabelais major French Renaissance writer 1494 - 1553
Last words, according to the Life of Rabelais (1694) by Peter Anthony Motteux. Variant translations: I am going to seek the great perhaps. I am going to search for the great perhaps.
„Whenever I begin to write a poem or draw a picture I am, in imagination, if not in reality, back in my room where I began to draw pen-and-ink pictures and write verses in my seventeenth year.“
— Vachel Lindsay American poet 1879 - 1931
Context: Whenever I begin to write a poem or draw a picture I am, in imagination, if not in reality, back in my room where I began to draw pen-and-ink pictures and write verses in my seventeenth year. Both windows of the room look down on the great Governor’s Yard of Illinois. This yard is a square block, a beautiful park. Our house is on so high a hill I can always look down upon the governor. Among my very earliest memories are those of seeing old Governor Oglesby leaning on his cane, marching about, calling his children about him.
„There is a reason why I came back to this place—came back here instead of to Canelli, Barbaresco or Alba. It is almost certain that I was not born here; where I was born I don't know. There is not a house or a bit of ground or a handful of dust hereabouts of which I can say: "This was me before I was born."“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
„One of us sings in the street, and we listen to him;
The words ring over us like vague bells of sorrow.
He sings of a house he lived in long ago.
It is strange; this house of dust was the house I lived in;
The house you lived in, the house that all of us know.“
— Conrad Aiken American novelist and poet 1889 - 1973
„I started to "write" even before I knew the alphabet. I would dip a pen in ink and scribble. I also liked to draw — horses, houses, dogs. The Sabbath was an ordeal for me, because it is forbidden to write on that day.“
— Isaac Bashevis Singer Polish-born Jewish-American author 1902 - 1991
"A Day of Pleasure" (1996)
„Lo! the moon ascending!
Up from the East, the silvery round moon;
Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon;
Immense and silent moon.“
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
Drum-Taps. Dirge for Two Veterans
— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860