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Eleanor Rowland

  • Artists, as a rule, are unconscious in proportion as they are successful ...

  • ... Sculpture is more than any other art the expression of restraint.

  • Vocabulary is ... a sensitive indicator of thought — or at least of the absence of it.

  • ... music figures largely in the life of the race. We see not only that it beguiles the simplest labor or leisure, but that it is thought worthy to occupy the attention of men on the most important occasions of their lives. They are christened and married and prayed over and marched to war and celebrated and buried to music, as if in some fashion well-ordered sound was the appropriate accompaniment of all the activities of the human family.

  • ... music is the most abstract of all the arts.

  • Art, being as it is a supremely natural activity, feeding continually upon the fullness of life, is one of the first to sicken and die when a man or a society becomes formal or under-vitalized. Conventional encounters do not afford material for either dramas or poetry. A conventional morality may found a good hospital, but it cannot write a good hymn.

  • ... aesthetic laws are no more to be ignored with impunity than are laws of morals and reason ...

  • Art is the great sensitive intelligence. Science tells us what things were, and what they shall be; but art tells us what they are. It transmits the fact and the emotion which is its due. It crystallizes from the chaos of experiences the relations of a moment, the pose of an instant, one clash of motives, one mesh of absurdities, one trick of words, one of the infinite combinations of sound with motion; and that which would have slipped by us unnoticed has been made eternal. Art is that high activity of nature by which it interprets its own emotional reaction upon itself.

Eleanor Rowland, U.S. writer, psychologist

(1882 - 1944)

Full name: Eleanor Rowland Wembridge.