Remembering an Ethical Leader and Philosopher on the Date of His Birth: Born 26 April 121 – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180 (the last of the “Five Good Emperors”), Stoic philosopher, and author of a collection of writings known as “Meditations.”
Some quotes from “Meditations”:
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”
“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”
“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”
“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”
“Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.”
“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Art for Spring – Part I of II: Zora Duvall (Czech, contemporary)
Below – “Clover Ring”; “Where Are You?”; “Readers”
Worth a Thousand Words: Cherry blossoms in Japan.
Below – “Dream of 3 Roses”; “L.A.! – Hollywood, California”; “NYC – Big Apple”
Some quotes from the work of Bernard Malamud:
“Where to look if you’ve lost your mind?”
“There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go–if there are no doors or windows–he walks through a wall.”
“Without heroes we’re all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.”
“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.”
“But she had recently come to think that in such unhappy times–when the odds were so high against personal happiness–to find love was miraculous, and to fulfill it as best two people could was what really mattered.”
“A man is an island in the only sense that matters, not an easy way to be. We live in mystery, a cosmos of separate lonely bodies, men, insects, stars. It is all loneliness and men know it best.”
“I am somewhat of a meliorist. That is to say, I act as an optimist because I find I cannot act at all, as a pessimist. One often feels helpless in the face of the confusion of these times, such a mass of apparently uncontrollable events and experiences to live through, attempt to understand, and if at all possible, give order to; but one must not withdraw from the task if he has some small things to offer – he does so at the risk of diminishing his humanity.”
This Date in Art History: Born 26 April 1798 – Eugene Delacroix, a French Romantic painter, lithographer, and muralist.
Below – “Horse Frightened by a Storm”; “Liberty Leading the People”; “The Women of Algiers”; “George Sand”; “Massacre at Chios”;
For Your Information: 26 April is National Pretzel Day in the United States.
American Art – John Marin (1870-1953)
In the words of one writer, “John Marin was an early American modernist artist. He is known for his abstract landscapes and watercolors.”
Below – “Sail Boat and Sea, Maine”; “Lake George”; “Brooklyn Bridge”; “Bathers”; “Stonington, Maine”; “Green Sea, Rocks and Boat, Cape Split, Maine.”
“Epitaph For a Romantic Woman”
by Louise Bogan
She has attained the permanence
She dreamed of, where old stones lie sunning.
Untended stalks blow over her
Even and swift, like young men running.
Always in the heart she loved
Others had lived, — she heard their laughter.
She lies where none has lain before,
Where certainly none will follow after.
Contemporary American Art – Valentina DuBasky
In the words of one writer, “Valentina DuBasky explores the relationship between ancient, totemic art and contemporary sensibilities. She has traveled along the Silk Route in China, India and Central Asia and throughout Southeast Asia to research Buddhist cave paintings and ancient art for her own modern-day, cave-wall paintings.”
Below – “Spotted Horse in a Claret Field”; “Javan Highland”; “Caravan”; “Spotted Goat”; “Himalayan Horse and Gazelle”; “Gray Stag in Russet Field.”