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These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me. (Ansel Adams)

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality. (John Quincy Adams)

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. (Joseph Addison)

Painting is possessed of divine power, for not only does it make the absent present, but also makes the dead almost alive. (Leon Battista Alberti)

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying. (Woody Allen)

We're mortal – which is to say, we're ignorant, stupid, and sinful – but those are only handicaps. Our pride is that nevertheless, now and then, we do our best. A few times we succeed. What more dare we ask for? (Poul Anderson)

- as Catherine in One Special Night...
Feed the body food and drink, it will survive today. Feed the soul art and music, it will live forever. (Julie Andrews)

What we do now echoes in eternity. (Marcus Aurelius)

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon. (Matsuo Basho)

Art is man's distinctly human way of fighting death. (Leonard Baskin)

Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction. (Charles Baudelaire)

The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals, is the most living proof of our immortality. (Charles Baudelaire)

Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies. (Romare Bearden)

For immortality, art's probably not as good as having kids, but it runs a close second. (Joe Joseph P. Blodgett)

Long after our monuments of brick and stone, vitriol, plastic and concrete have vanished, our words, our art, our legends and our myths will remain as a legacy. (Harry J. Boyle)

We are each of us born into the arms of mortality, the Lord recognizing our need to be held. (Robert Brault)

It is the abiding faith of mortals that mortality is a temporary condition. (Robert Brault)

I could draw Bloom County with my nose and pay my cleaning lady to write it, and I'd bet I wouldn't lose 10% of my papers over the next twenty years. Such is the nature of comic-strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste. (Berkely Breathed)

Immortality is a by-product of good work. (Mel Brooks)

The affections are immortal! They are the sympathies which unite the ceaseless generations. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Poets alone are sure of immortality; they are the truest diviners of nature. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

In two thousand years all our generals and politicians may be forgotten, but Einstein and Madame Curie and Bernard Shaw and Stravinsky will keep the memory of our age alive. (Anthony Burgess)

- b.1835 d.1902...
To himself every one is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Thomas Carlyle)

Everything we see falls apart, vanishes. Nature is always the same, but nothing in her that appears to us, lasts. Our art must render the thrill of her permanence along with her elements, the appearance of all her changes. It must give us the taste of her eternity. (Paul Cezanne)

Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already. (Raymond Chandler)

I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. (Ray Charles)

I feel like I have at least begun to make a contribution, but my most significant concern has to do with whether my actual art will be preserved for future generations or be erased. (Judy Chicago)

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams. (Giorgio de Chirico)

There will be a time when we can't tour, and that's just the natural evolution of man. And yet this particular privatized album, I think - this idea we have - will be something that will go longer than all of us. (Wu-Tang Clan, RZA)

We want to live forever, and we're getting there. (Bill Clinton)

Since it is not granted to us to live long, let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived. (E. Joseph Cossman)

Thinking you're immortal is weirdly similar to being immortal. (Doug Coupland)

Blest be the art that can immortalize. (William Cowper)

What I have done cannot be taken from me. (Eugene Delacroix)

If painters left nothing of themselves after their deaths, so that we were obliged to rank them as we do actors according to the judgment of their contemporaries, how different their reputations would be from what posterity has made them! (Eugene Delacroix)

Because I could not stop for Death – / He kindly stopped for me – / The carriage held but just ourselves / And immortality. (Emily Dickinson)

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. (Denis Diderot)

No, the thing to do is try to make a painting that will be alive in your own lifetime... (Marcel Duchamp)

In the end, nothing is lost. Every event, for good or evil, has effects forever. (Will Durant)

Be the first to say something obvious and achieve immortality. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

The immortality of great art seems bound up with the inevitable loss of its original surface meaning and its rebirth in the spirit of every new age. (Anton Ehrenzweig)

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it. (Albert Einstein)

We aren't worried about posterity – we want it to sound good right now. (Duke Ellington)

Twilight is like death; the dark portal of night comes upon us, to open again in the glorious morning of immortality. (James Ellis)

Art is an immortal statement of the mortal. (Ron Elstad)

A part of me has become immortal, out of my control. (Brian Eno)

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. (Susan Ertz)

Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal... This is the artist's way of scribbling 'Kilroy was here' on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass. (William Faulkner)

To be human is to participate in human adventures that outlive us. (Frank Feather)

There are no solids. There are no things. There are only interfering and non-interfering patterns operative in pure principle, and principles are eternal. (Buckminster Fuller)

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana. (Bill Gates)

Paintings, like tombstones, will last a good five hundred years, well into twenty or thirty generations. (Robert Genn)

Next to war, art is the greatest way to immortalize a reputation. (Roman Genn)

A man has only one way of being immortal on earth: he has to forget he is a mortal. (Jean Giraudoux)

To be immortal and then die. (Jean-Luc Godard)

One of the proud joys of... an artist is to feel within himself the power to immortalize at will anything he chooses to immortalize. Insignificant though he may be, he is conscious of possessing a creative divinity. (Edmond and Jules De Goncourt)

Write it, paint it, sculpt it, quilt it, collage it, set it to music, blog it, somehow, in some way, sometimes against great odds, we will tell our tale and leave behind traces of our existence. (Martine Gourbault)

Each of us is a library uniquely structured, no two alike. We artists have been blessed with a gift to express our experiences for generations to come. Our art tells our story, our growth and of our trying times. (Brad Greek)

Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do, too. That's what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease. (John Green)

I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on. (Thomas Hardy)

Why do so many people yearn for an eternal life when they don't even know what to do with themselves in this brief one? (Sydney J. Harris)

The man who will go down to posterity is the man who paints his own time and the scenes of everyday life around him. (Childe Hassam)

Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Immortality is really desirable, I guess. In terms of images, anyway. (Damien Hirst)

Buy art, build a museum, put your name on it, let people in for free. That's as close as you can get to immortality... (Damien Hirst)

I have executed a memorial longer lasting than bronze. (Horace)

What is the point of being immortal if you are already dead? (Lucero Isaac)

If we make our paintings good enough, no one will dare to destroy them because everyone knows that to destroy art is a major crime against the future. (Joseph Jahn)

Lay plans as if we were to be immortal. (William James)

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. (William James)

If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good. (Elton John)

Trash comes and goes, but great art endures. (Jonathan Jones)

If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow? (Franz Kafka)

I paint flowers so they will not die. (Frida Kahlo)

I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings. (Helen Keller)

- The Scripture of the Golden Eternity...
I'm the golden eternity in mortal animate form. (Jack Kerouac)

Each life makes its own immitation of immortality. (Stephen King)

Painting... in which the inner and the outer man are inseparable, transcends technique, transcends subject and moves into the realm of the inevitable. (Lee Krasner)

-misattributed, from Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ...
Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality. (Dalai Lama)

If the present is really all we have, then the present lasts forever. (Anne Lamott)

Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal. (Walter Lippmann)

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

It's not the sentiments of men which make history but their actions. (Norman Mailer)

Our desire is to grow so quiet and to work so deeply that we participate fully in the mystery in which we're embedded. When we manage to do that we feel as if we have merged with the universe; for the duration of that experience we feel immortal. (Eric Maisel)

My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever. (Bob Marley)

The fascinating thing in the world of art production (versus other consumer products) is art never goes away. It outlives us all, even the artist. If you go to the landfill right now you'll not find a single painting (good or bad). (Bill Mayberry, art dealer)

-Boy's Life
It's easy to walk through life deaf, dumb, and blind, Cory. Most everybody you know or ever meet will. They'll walk through a parade of wonders, and they'll never hear a peep of it. But you can live a thousand lifetimes if you want to. You can talk to people you'll never set eyes on, in lands you'll never visit... And if you're good and you're lucky and you have something worth saying, then you might have the chance to live on long after... (Robert R. McGammon)

Every man wants to connect his life with something he thinks eternal. (Andrew Mellon)

Full lasting is the song, though he, / The singer, passes. (George Meredith)

A human act once set in motion flows on forever to the great account. Our deathlessness is in what we do, not in what we are. (George Meredith)

There is an intuitive knowing within us that we are eternal but this gets covered over with the noise we create while identifying with the impermanent. (Mooji)

The brilliance of true art is how it lives long through the inspirations of others it touches... (Brad Michael Moore)

He dieth not who giveth life to learning. (Muhammad)

Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality. (John Muir)

The timelessness of art is its capacity to represent the transformation of endless becoming into being. (Lewis Mumford)

Nothing endures except life: the capacity for birth, growth, and renewal. (Lewis Mumford)

One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of 'eternity'; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book - what everyone else does not say in a book. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Heroes, whatever high ideas we may have of them, are mortal and not divine. We are all as God made us and many of us much worse. (John James Osborne)

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. (Thomas Paine)

I want all the visions to endure. My paintings are my diary. (Grace Paleg)

There is no proof nor yet any denial. We were, we are, and we will be. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

I sometimes think, with a sad delight, that if one day, in a future I no longer belong to, these sentences, that I write, last with praise, I will at last have the people who understand me, those mine, the true family to be born in and be loved... I will only be understood in effigy, when affection no longer repays the dead the unaffection that was, when living. (Fernando Pessoa)

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. (Albert Pike)

O my soul, do not aspire to immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible. (Pindar)

When I'm in my studio and tapped in, I'm on fire and creating something out of nothing, something that will live on long after I've dropped my physical body. (Aleta Pippin)

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. (Antonio Porchia)

Everything passes, everything perishes, everything palls. (French proverb)

It is not what you take that will be your legacy: only what you leave behind. (Tanya Radic)

They, who passed away long ago, still exist in us, as predisposition, as burden upon our fate, as murmuring blood, and as gesture that rises up from the depths of time. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Immortality is the genius to move others long after you yourself have stopped moving. (Frank Rooney)

Neither painting nor landscape is dead, nor can it be killed. It is immortal. (Carla Sanders)

Man is free whenever he produces or manifests God, and through this he becomes immortal. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

You must walk that tightrope between accident and discipline. Accident by itself... so what? Discipline by itself is boring. By walking that tightrope and putting down something on a canvas coming from your guts, you have a chance of making marks that will live longer than you. (Fritz Scholder)

Life is finite but when clothed with a probing intellect, high achievement and honourable intent, provides timeless inspiration to those who follow. (Ian Semple)

- b1690 d.1736...
When the adulation of life is gone, the coward sneaks to his death, but the brave live on. (George Sewell)

The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death. (Edmund Spenser)

We feel and know that we are eternal. (Baruch Spinoza)

We feel and know that we are eternal. (Baruch Spinoza)

When at eve, at the bounding of the landscape, the heavens appear to recline so slowly on the earth, imagination pictures beyond the horizon an asylum of hope - a native land of love; and nature seems silently to repeat that man is immortal. (Madame de Stael)

It is almost as if the millennium were arrived, when we shall throw our clocks and watches over the housetop, and remember time and seasons no more. Not to keep hours for a lifetime is... to live forever. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

In a sense, artists enjoy a potential for immortality that no one else has, not even presidents or the rich and powerful. (John Stobart)

We have the opportunity, by example, to encourage aspiring artists and give pleasure to others after we're gone. (John Stobart)

For men may come and men may go / But I go on for ever. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

People are hungry for stories. It's part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality, too. It goes from one generation to another. (Studs Terkel)

Immortality is our highest award and can only be attained by those who excel to the highest tier in any category, including collecting art. (Stewart Turcotte)

-Roughing It...
He had a good memory, and a tongue tied in the middle. This a combination which gives immortality to conversation. (Mark Twain)

The yearning for an afterlife is the opposite of selfish: it is love and praise for the world that we are privileged, in this complex interval of light, to witness and experience. (John Updike)

- b.1511 d.1574...
Leonardo da Vinci was a man of regal spirit and tremendous breadth of mind; and his name became so famous that not only was he esteemed during his lifetime, but his reputation endured and became even greater after his death. (Giorgio Vasari)

Those who look at art relay their visions to the following generations as those images remain into the collective psyche. (Milos Vujasinovic)

The work of most occupations goes up in smoke. A fine work of art will please for several lifetimes. (Frank Webb)

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above, separated by an abyss, is the level where the highest things are achieved. These things are essentially anonymous. (Simone Weil)

I do hope some of my work has a long lifetime. A piece that works out well this year may work out very well in twenty years' time as well, but I'm very much thinking about what's the right piece now, at this moment. (Judith Weir)

I do not suppose I shall be remembered for anything. But I don't think about my work in those terms. It is just as vulgar to work for the sake of posterity as to work for the sake of money. (Orson Welles)

Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins. (Elie Wiesel)

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

The soul of man is of the imperishable substance of the stars! (William Butler Yeats)

Opposition is dangerous to immortality. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)