[Philosopher, b. 1844, Rocken, Prussia, d. 1900, Weimar, Germany.]
Artists should not see things as they are: they should see them fuller, simpler, stronger: To this end, however, a kind of youthfulness, of vernality, a sort of perpetual elation, must be peculiar to their lives. (Copied by Edward Weston in his quotation file.)
To experience a thing as beautiful means: to experience it necessarily wrongly.
Art and nothing else! Art is the great means of making life possible, the great seducer to life, the stimulus of life. (Copied by Edward Weston in his quotation file.)
There is only a seeing from a perspective, only a ‘knowing’ from a perspective, and the more emotions we express over a thing, the more eyes, different eyes, we train on the same thing, the more complete will be our ‘idea’ of that thing, our ‘objectivity.’
We operate with nothing but things which do not exist, with lines, planes, bodies, atoms, divisible time, divisible space—how should explanation even be possible when we first make everything into an image, into our own image!