Sentient in San Francisco-26 July 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 26 July 1919 – Edward Poynter, an English painter and illustrator: Part I of II.

Below – “Psyche in the Temple of Love”; “Pea Blossoms”; “Lesbia and Her Sparrow”; “Wild Blossoms”; “Louisa Baldwin”; “The Siren.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 July 1856 – George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, political activist, and recipient of the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of George Bernard Shaw:

“This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
“Experience fails to teach where there is no desire to learn.”
“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.”
“Now that we have learned to fly the air like birds, swim under water like fish, we lack one thing – to learn to live on earth as human beings.”
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
“Those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything.”
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”

This Date in Art History: Died 26 July 1919 – Edward Poynter, an English painter and illustrator: Part II of II.

Below – “Chloe”; “The Violinist”; “Asterie”; “In a Garden”; “Portrait of Lillie Langtry”; “A Portrait of Agnes Macdonald Shortly Before Her Marriage in Wolverhampton.”

A Poem for Today

“If I can stop one heart from breaking”
by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Below – Alaskan Raven Studio: “Emily Dickinson”

Contemporary American Art – Matt Gabel

Below – “Sun Hill”; “Stand”; “Row of Trees”; “Imagining Spring”; “The Helm”; “Serendipity.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 26 July 1894 – Aldous Huxley, an English novelist, philosopher, and author of “Brave New World.”

Some quotes from the work of Aldous Huxley:

“People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.”
“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it.”
“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”
“The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.”
“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling.”
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society.”
“Never have so many been manipulated so much by so few.”
“Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism.”
“The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.”
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
“Wherever the choice has had to be made between the man of reason and the madman, the world has unhesitatingly followed the madman.”
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”
“People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is – just be a little kinder.”


Contemporary Chinese Art – Liqing Tan

Below – “Night by the pool”; “In the tube”; “Refreshing”; “Daydreaming”; “By the sea”; Untitled: “Blue”; “Wild pond.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 July 1875 – Antonio Machado, a Spanish poet.

[“Traveler, your footprints”]

Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;
only a ship’s wake on the sea.

Young female legs walking towards the sunset on a dirt road

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