Where else to find inspiration and further demonstration of Periaktoi's mission than in the words and experiences of other artists, writers, performers and musicians. Check it out, and send us your favorite quotes too.
Part of Periaktoi’s mission states
“Art and literature provide unique value to our community and serve as a vehicle for expressing the inexpressible, for exploring human experience in all its varied dimensions.“
Where else to find inspiration and further demonstration of this value than in the words and experiences of other artists, writers, performers and musicians. Below of are some of our favorite quotes.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
Vincent Van Gogh
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering."
But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing."
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss."
J. K. Rowling
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."
George Bernard Shaw
When you're writing, you're conjuring. It's a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you're inviting into the room."
Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to 'walk about' into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?"
Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”
Painting completed my life."
Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body."
Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.”