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Take one step backward into the unknown. (Adyashanti)

You don't know what goes on in anyone's life but your own. (Jay Asher)

There's not a moment I'm not completely engaged, right there at brush-point, as I have no idea where this path will lead and what subtleties, risks, and skills will be demanded of me to get there. (Susan Avishai)

Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical. (Sir Francis Bacon)

-on exhibition catalogue entry...
The best way to begin is to say: Balthus is a painter of whom nothing is known. And now let us have a look at his paintings. (Balthus)

Making art is like swimming underwater in a blindfold. (Darby Bannard)

Creativity requires taking what Einstein called 'a leap into the unknown.' This can mean putting your beliefs, reputation and resources on the line as you suffer the slings and arrows of ridicule. (Frank X Barron)

The more we practice reaching into and prodding the unknown, the more we see that it is the only place to be and the most rewarding for us as creators. We may even grow to like it! (Mary Todd Beam)

Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. (Samuel Beckett)

No mind, however loving, could bear to see plainly into all the recess of another mind. (Thomas A. Bennett)

Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown. (Claude Bernard)

The best way to face the unknown is by not knowing. (Swami Beyondananda)

There is no known device for artistic contraception. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Good questions peel back surfaces, push past pat answers ensconced in yesterday's certainty; they create paths of inquiry into the I-don't-known. (Eric Booth)

I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. (David Bowie)

I kind of miss that "becoming" stage, as most times you really don't know what's around the corner. Now, of course, I've kind of knocked on the door and heard a muffled answer. Nevertheless, I still don't know what the voice is saying, or even what language it's in. (David Bowie)

I really have branched out into areas where I'm totally uncertain, which is very exciting for me. I kind of like not knowing what I'm doing. (Shary Boyle)

You never know with these things when you're trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental. (Richard Branson)

It is the unforeseeable that creates the event. (Georges Braque)

In Art there is only one thing that counts; the thing you can't explain. (Georges Braque)

When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration. (Robert Bresson)

You know, people talk about this being an uncertain time. You know, all time is uncertain. I mean, it was uncertain back in 2007 - we just didn't know it was uncertain. It was uncertain on September 10th, 2001. It was uncertain on October 18th, 1987 - you just didn't know it. (Warren Buffett)

Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time. (Leo Buscaglia)

Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did. (George Carlin)

Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that! (Thomas Carlyle)

When you have done your best, confronted your fear of committing to color and form, and dared to step over the threshold into the unknown, you will invariably find your own voice. (Michele Cassou)

We are men and our lot in life is to learn and to be hurled into inconceivable new worlds. (Carlos Castaneda)

The painter unfolds that which has not been seen. (Paul Cezanne)

If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find. (John Churton Collins)

We have no idea how the subjective quality of consciousness emerges from the physical stuff of the brain. (Richard J. Davidson)

The unknown is uncontrolled; no strategies exist that will enclose the endless territory of the new. Only by trusting in yourself and in this world can you get past the watchdogs of your fears and out of the iron gates of the already-known. (Arthur Deikman)

Human consciousness is just about the last surviving mystery... a topic that often leaves even the most sophisticated thinkers tongue-tied and confused. And, as with all of the earlier mysteries, there are many who insist - and hope - that there will never be a demystification of consciousness. (Daniel Dennett)

The sole purpose of the arts is neither description nor imitation, but the creation of unknown beings from elements which are always present but not apparent. (Raymond Duchamp-Villon)

We must come into a transformed knowing, an unknowing which comes not from ignorance but from knowledge. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

The destination cannot be described; / You will know very little until you get there; / You will journey blind. (T. S. Eliot)

I set up situations that involve abandoning control and finding out what happens. (Brian Eno)

You know, some people fall right through the hole in their lives. It's invisible, but they come to it after time, never knowing where. (Louise Erdrich)

A truly alive person seeks the unknown. You have to get free from inhibitions – all the forbiddens – before you can create. An artist has to let go of old rules. (Gary Fey)

I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. (Richard Feynman)

It is as if something somewhere were 'known' in the form of images – but not by us. (Marie-Louise von Franz)

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. (Buckminster Fuller)

Like a sudden flash of lightning, the riddle was solved. I am unable to say what was the conducting thread that connected what I previously knew with what made my success possible. (Karl Freiderich Gauss)

You've got to bumble forward into the unknown. (Frank Gehry)

Art is a step in the Known toward the unknown. (Kahlil Gibran)

We don't know where our first impressions come from or precisely what they mean, so we don't always appreciate their fragility. (Malcolm Gladwell)

What is seen and called the picture is what remains - an evidence. Even as one travels in painting toward a state of 'unfreedom' where only certain things can happen, unaccountably the unknown and free must appear. (Philip Guston)

I'd like to pretend that I've never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything... and then make something... (Keith Haring)

-in a letter to Emily Carr...
I don't suppose you do know precisely what you are after. I don't think in the creative process anyone quite knows. They have a vague idea - a beckoning, an inkling of some truth - it is only in the process that it comes to any clarity. (Lawren Harris)

There never is any diminution of the vast majority, indifferent to what they are, whence they came, and whither they go, who rush from business to pastime, and from pastime back to business, leaving no vacancy into which the unknown might slip a little experimental greatness. (Henry S. Haskins)

His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. (Ernest Hemingway)

I am so used to plunging into the unknown that any other surroundings and form of existence strike me as exotic and unsuitable for human beings. (Werner Herzog)

I am interested in solving an unknown factor of art and an unknown factor of life. (Eva Hesse)

I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. (C. Joybell C.)

You can count how many seeds are in the apple, but not how many apples are in the seed. (Ken Kesey)

My studio has several streams of investigation on the go always, so there's no telling what will emerge next. (Kim Lee Kho)

The unknown is not measurable by the known. Time cannot measure the timeless, the eternal, that immensity which has no beginning and no end... when we try to measure something which is not measurable, we only get caught in words. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant, ignorant as possible, with your mind wide open, as wide open as possible and not having to meet anyone else's requirement but your own. (Dorothea Lange)

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

Every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

I don't want to know what I'm doing tomorrow. It's much too overwhelming. So I just go day by day, without knowing. (Jennifer Lopez)

The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown. (Rene Magritte)

I never know what I'm going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I'm just the middleman. (Peter Max)

How do you create something unknown? (Sam Messer)

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. (Agnes de Mille)

Given the diverse raiment life sports, one never knows what the guises of the gods may be. (Stephanie Mills)

I like thinking about the state of not knowing and how it is most near to that of knowing. Drawing can be the moment between the two. (Wes Mills)

Good Heavens! For more than forty years I have been speaking prose without knowing it. (Moliere)

One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it. (Henry Moore)

I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown. Our pale reasoning hides the infinite from us. (Jim Morrison)

This fundamental truth of the self can be realised only if the individual is willing and courageous enough to follow to some natural conclusion this moment of experience, this facing the unknown and participating with the total commitment of the self. (Clark Moustakas)

From fear of the unknown, both horns and wings have grown. (Chris Murphy)

With a kiss let us set out for an unknown world. (Alfred de Musset)

The unknown was my compass. The unknown was my encyclopedia. The unnamed was my science and progress. (Anais Nin)

Whatever the precipice may be, it usually feels like the edge of the world. The unknown is a powerful force, scary and yet very compelling. (Nisla)

I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process. (Diane Nyad)

The greatest friend of the soul is the unknown. Yet we are afraid of the unknown because it lies outside our vision and our control. We avoid it or quell it by filtering it through our protective barriers of domestication and control. The normal way never leads home. (John O'Donohue)

Making your unknown known is the important thing - and keeping the unknown always beyond you - catching - crystalizing your simpler clearer vision of life - only to see it turn stale compared to what you vaguely feel ahead - that you must always keep working to grasp... (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low. (Tom Peters)

I consider a work of art as a product of calculations, calculations that are frequently unknown to the author himself. (Pablo Picasso)

What I achieve the first day can be perfectly valid, but it is not satisfying. If I can go that far spontaneously, then I must shed that result as an old skin and inquire further into the unknown, or at least the not-yet-known-to-myself. (Pablo Picasso)

While I am working I am not conscious of what I am putting on the canvas. (Pablo Picasso)

In other words, apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there? (Harold Pinter)

Each painting is a plunge into the unknown. (Joseph Plaskett)

Unless we venture into the unknown in search of exotic spices for the eyes - our images become ordinary. An artist who says, 'I'm afraid,' is a dead artist. (Todd Plough)

When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. (Jackson Pollock)

All nature is but art unknown to thee; All chance, direction which thou canst not see. (Alexander Pope)

Our vanity, our passions, our spirit of imitation, our abstract intelligence, our habits have long been at work, and it is the task of art to undo this work of theirs, making us travel back in the direction from which we have come to the depths where what has really existed lies unknown within us. (Marcel Proust)

Half the world does not know how the other half lives. (Francois Rabelais)

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. (Gilda Radner)

I put my trust in the materials that confront me, because they put me in touch with the unknown. It's then that I begin to work... when I don't have the comfort of sureness and certainty. (Robert Rauschenberg)

There is something in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Whoever you are, go out into the evening, leaving your room, of which you know every bit; your house is the last before the infinite, whoever you are. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect. (Auguste Rodin)

Reaching out beyond ourselves to embrace the unknown is 'safe' when we know our Creator is the one who wants the best for us. Have faith not fear. (Jill Paris Rody)

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold. (Rumi)

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. (Carl Sagan)

-on painting...
Like in a dream, I become merely the driver of a vehicle, destination unknown - watching as the magic unfolds. (Sandy Sandy)

There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Science and art make good bedfellows. They both seek to explore the unknown. (Ian Semple)

To see the outside world as the same stuff as our most secret or unknown thoughts is a fine necessity... (Eli Siegel)

Go to nature with no parti pris. You should not know what your picture is to look like until it is done. Just see the picture that is coming. (Joaquin Sorolla)

Artistic creation is a force which should preferably be directed towards the exploration of space... of the universe... of the infinite realities which surround us, but of which we are hardly conscious. (Jesus Soto)

One's ignorance is one's chief asset. (Wallace Stevens)

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. (Wallace Stevens)

We, in reality, are more unknown than known. To me, mystery is far more appealing than some limited idea of perfection. (Mona Stratos)

As an artist, there is nothing more liberating than allowing a vision from the depths of the soul to fluidly emerge like a river from the unknown to the known. (Robert Sturman)

The unknown is just as real as the known and must be made to look so. (Graham Sutherland)

Be brave, right through, and leave for the unknown. (Rabindranath Tagore)

If you are under control you lose the danger of glimpsing an unknown realm. (Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Stepping into the previously unknown is a reward in itself. It makes you feel very alive. (Helena Tiainen)

I am interested in doing something that cannot be explained. (Harold Town)

Most of the time when you make art... you don't know exactly why you're interested, but you know you are. If you did know exactly what you were doing, then your work would probably not be very exciting. (Kim Tran)

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. (Denis Waitley)

Creativity is a process in which I have to be willing to open myself up to that beautiful but scary space of not knowing. Sometimes that takes a lot of courage. (Nancy Wells)

Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists. (Eudora Welty)

Your trouble is that when you were a child everything was named for you. (Edgar A. Whitney)

What is precious inside us does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence. (David Whyte)

It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way. (Oscar Wilde)

- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test...
It's like a boulder rolling down a hill - you can watch it and talk about it and scream and say Shit! but you can't stop it. It's just a question of where it's going to go. (Tom Wolfe)

It is important when one paints to be certain about things, but not necessarily to know them. (John Young)

You need to know a lot about what's going on, but when it comes to making the work, I take almost an anti-intellectual stance. You've got to be stupid enough, in some ways, to plunge into something that you have no idea what it's about. If you know what you're going to do before you do it, you just end up illustrating an idea... (Tim Zuck)


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