Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated... (Joseph Addison)
The real reason Milton went blind was to avoid reading unsolicited manuscripts. (Rita Mae Brown)
Suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished. (Robert Browning)
As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armour themselves against wonder. (Leonard Cohen)
-Roycrofter's Little Journeys, Eminent Artists, 1902...
The fields lose their color, the trees form but gray or brown masses... the dark waters reflect the bland tones of the sky. We are losing sight of things - but one still feels that everything is there... (Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot)
Paintings must be understood through the eyes, and that's not the word either. No writing, no talking, no singing, no dancing will explain them. They are the final, the nth whoopee of sight. (Charles Demuth)
My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly. (Raoul Dufy)
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. (Desiderius Erasmus)
What we want is to make something that fills utterly the sight and can't be used to make life only bearable. (Sam Francis)
-on Dr. Gachet...
Now when one blind man leads another blind man, don't they both fall into the ditch? (Vincent van Gogh)
Squinting helps the eyes' black and white receptors make value determinations. (Golden Color Mixing Guide)
It is essential that the painter should develop not only his eyes, but also his soul, so that it too may be capable of weighing colors in balance... (Wassily Kandinsky)
Optical units close to each other on a picture plane tend to be seen together and, consequently, one can stabilize them in coherent figures. (Gyorgy Kepes)
What you lose in blindness is the space around you, the place where you are, and without that you might not exist. You could be nowhere at all. (Barbara Kingsolver)
Last night I saw upon the stair / A little man who wasn't there / He wasn't there again today / Oh, how I wish he'd go away. (Hughes Mearns)
-in later years...
When you get so that you can't see, you come to it gradually. And if you didn't come by it gradually, I guess you'd just kill yourself when you couldn't see. (Georgia O'Keeffe)
Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul. (Ovid)
They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better. (Pablo Picasso)
- in answer to why he had a Renoir hung crooked in his apartment...
It's better like that. If you want to kill a picture, all you have to do to hang it beautifully on a nail and soon you will see nothing of it but the frame. When it's out of place, you see it better. (Pablo Picasso)
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again. (Sylvia Plath)
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. (Alexander Pope)
We tend to be blinded by our own works, and sometimes need to have our sight adjusted by an honest appraisal from someone else. (Gertjan Zwiggelaar)