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Quotes about Mirrors

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You see, what is my purpose of performance artist is to stage certain difficulties and stage the fear the primordial fear of pain, of dying, all of which we have in our lives, and then stage them in front of audience and go through them and tell the audience, 'I'm your mirror; if I can do this in my life, you can do it in yours.' (Marina Abramovic)

Bronze is the mirror of the form, wine of the mind. (Aeschylus)

A muse can be a mirror: a reflection of the artist's desires, anxieties, dreams and needs. (Vince Aletti)

As an artist, my mission in relation to the universe is to realize and actualize the mirror of the human psyche. (Raul D. Arellano)

All I can do now is cover the mirrors... (Helene Aylon)

We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us - not our effects on others. (Pearl Bailey)

Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors. (Jean Baudrillard)

I work on many canvases at once. In the morning I line them up against the wall of my studio. Some speak, some do not. They are my mirrors. They tell me what I am like at that moment. (William Baziotes)

A garden is the mirror of a mind. It is a place of life, a mystery of green moving to the pulse of the year, and pressing on and pausing the whole to its own inherent rhythms. (Henry Beston)

The eye - is it not the mirror of the soul in all living creatures? (Rosa Bonheur)

In the mirror of your paper you will discover your identity as an artist. (Rex Brandt)

If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors. (Bertolt Brecht)

Mirrors and blue smoke, beautiful blue smoke rolling over the surface of highly polished mirrors, first a thin veil of blue smoke, then a thick cloud that suddenly dissolves into wisps of blue smoke, the mirrors catching it all, bouncing it back and forth... If somebody tells you how to look, there can be seen in the smoke great, magnificent shapes, castles and kingdoms, and maybe they can be yours. (Jimmy Breslin)

The eye is not open when it is limited to the passive role of a mirror... if it has only the capacity to reflect. (Andre Breton)

The artist should not be satisfied to only play the part of a mirror. (Jules Breton)

Have you ever hung a piece of black velvet behind you and looked at yourself in the mirror? We are each of us quite alone, and that's what I try to paint. (Thomas S. Buechner)

There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you. (Charles Bukowski)

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

Surprisingly, Gestalt psychologists have found that when subjected to Ganz fields (emptiness) for long periods of time, we hallucinate. Can empty fields serve as mirrors, not for our exteriors, but for our interiors? (John Paul Caponigro)

It is not the job of art to mirror. Images reflected in a mirror appear to us in reverse. An artist's responsibility is to reveal consciousness; to produce a human document. (Squeak Carnwath)

I practiced making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother crazy. She used to scare me by saying that I was going to see the devil if I kept looking in the mirror. That fascinated me even more, of course. (Jim Carrey)

I love mirrors. They let one pass through the surface of things. (Claude Chabrol)

Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory. (Coco Chanel)

Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey. (Malcolm de Chazal)

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. (Jean Cocteau)

Love means never having to say you're sorry. That's why I never apologize to my mirror. (Stephen Colbert)

A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. (Nichiren Daishonin)

Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. (Nichiren Daishonin)

I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. (Rodney Dangerfield)

-on aging...
Inside you're like some kind of mirror, reflecting everything without absorbing it. (Arthur Deikman)

That meek darkness be thy mirror, and thy whole remembrance. (Dionysius)

The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. (Thomas Dreier)

-on the paintings of Christopher Pearse Cranch...
Were there not these still mirrors to reflect the beauty of the heavens to us, it might be lost to eyes so seldom lifted upwards. (John Sullivan Dwight)

Substances are like mirrors that let us see things about ourselves that we cannot quite understand. (James Elkins)

Newspapers are the world's mirrors. (James Ellis)

I'd like to show how 'intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members' connects with 'the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.' (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out. (B. C. Forbes)

Water is the mirror of nature. (St. Francis of Assisi)

One of the things I keep coming back to in my writing is that society doesn't work on this mirror principle - you don't have an exact replica on the left of what you have on the right. It just doesn't work that way. (Thomas Frank)

When the mind is free of any thought or judgment, it is still and acts like a mirror. Then and only then can we know things as they are. (W. Timothy Gallwey)

The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors, reflecting their beliefs... one of the most powerful tools for growth... (Shakti Gawain)

Art is sometimes likened to a mirror... an expression of universal human truth, executed with a degree of skill. (Sara Genn)

Scientists tracking mirror neurons noticed that a monkey will get excited not just when holding a banana, but also when seeing someone else holding a banana. (Sara Genn)

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes. (Edward Gibbon)

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror. (Kahlil Gibran)

-Eat, Pray, Love...
A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Mirrors should reflect before sending an image. (Jean-Luc Godard)

The business of the poet is not to hold a cracked mirror up to nature. (Oliver St. John Gogarty)

-on Pierre Bonnard...
Many of Bonnard's later paintings are shot through with a powerful sense of morbidity. The self-portraits he painted after catching sight of himself in the various mirrors in the house - the mirror in the bathroom or the mirror in his bedroom, still lit from above by a single accusatory light bulb - are almost appallingly raw. (Andrew Graham-Dixon)

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates. (Franz Grillparzer)

I know the way you can get / When you have not had a drink of Love: / Your face hardens, / Your sweet muscles cramp. / Children become concerned / About a strange look that appears in your eyes / Which even begins to worry your own mirror / And nose. (Hafiz)

The world of the ego is like a house of mirrors through which the ego wanders, lost and confused, as it chases the images in one mirror after another... At times... the world of mirrors becomes a house of horrors that gets worse and worse. (David R. Hawkins)

I usually only draw myself in down periods... I suppose that's why I often draw myself looking grim. I just think, 'Let's have a look in the mirror.' When you are alone and you look in a mirror you never put on a pleasing smile. Well, you don't, do you? (David Hockney)

When I started working with mirrors, it seemed to be the perfect material to stand in for that waiting. (Jim Hodges)

Oh cracked and twilight mirrors ever to catch / One color, one glinting flash, of the splendor of things... Better mirrors than yours would crack in the flame... (Robinson Jeffers)

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone. (Erica Jong)

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror. (Byron Katie)

Later, hiding in the latrine from the black boys, I'd take a look at my own self in the mirror and wonder how it was possible that anybody could manage such an enormous thing as being what he was. (Ken Kesey)

Art is not just about what's great or expensive or scandalous or famous. It's a mirror we hold up that looks different to everyone who sees it, and whose beauty lies as much in us, and our capacity to dream... (Michael Kimmelman)

Some will not recognize the truthfulness of my mirror. Let them remember that I am not here to reflect the surface... but must penetrate inside. My mirror probes down to the heart. I write words on the forehead and around the corners of the mouth. My human faces are truer than the real ones. (Paul Klee)

You mirror what the world mirrors to you. (Jennifer Lopez)

It's hard to see your own face without a mirror. (Phil McGraw)

We go forward looking in the rearview mirror. (Marshall McLuhan)

We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future. (Marshall McLuhan)

The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend. (Agnes de Mille)

We discover that body processes will mirror dreams when the body is encouraged to amplify and express its involuntary signals, such as pressures, pain, cramping, restlessness, exhaustion, or nervousness. (Thomas Arnold Mindell)

The purer the artist's 'mirror' is, the more true reality reflects in it. Overseeing the historical culture of art, we must conclude that the mirror only slowly is purified. Time producing this purifying shows a gradual, more constant and objective image of reality. (Piet Mondrian)

Mirrors are ice which do not melt: what melts are those who admire themselves in them. (Paul Morand)

-The House at Riverton...
The girl in the mirror caught my eye briefly... It is an uncanny feeling, that rare occasion when one catches a glimpse of oneself in repose. An unguarded moment, stripped of artifice, when one forgets to fool even oneself. (Kate Morton)

The art of a people is the true mirror to their minds. (Jawaharlal Nehru)

The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds. (Jawaharlal Nehru)

For those in need of a trophy for validation, I suggest more than a glance in that mirror. (Richard (Dick) Nelson)

- Memento mori...
Everybody else needs mirrors to remind themselves who they are. You're no different. (Jonathan Nolan)

Life is a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors. (Eugene O'Neill)

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. (John James Osborne)

If you can become a mirror you have become a meditator. Meditation is nothing but skill in mirroring. And now, no word moves inside you so there is no distraction. (Osho)

More and more, your computer monitor is a kind of one-way mirror, reflecting your own interests while algorithmic observers watch what you click... (Eli Pariser)

God gave the sea the danger and the abyss, but it was in it that He mirrored the sky. (Fernando Pessoa)

Man shouldn't be able to see his own face. That's what's most terrible. Nature gave him the possibility of not seeing it, as well as the incapacity of not seeing his own eyes. (Fernando Pessoa)

I will never fall prey to celebrity because I am too busy. I have other things to do than look at myself in the mirror. (Philippe Petit)

Sometimes we whisper it quietly and other times we shout it out loud in front of a mirror. (Amy Poehler)

I've grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place. (Amy Poehler)

- on Jeff Koons...
Imagine a revised edition of Shakespeare... a big, thick book with an elegant cover... You open it and find that there are no pages, just an empty box of space. On the back wall of the box is a small mirror. You look into it, see yourself, and now you know all you need to know about Shakespeare. (Carter Ratcliff)

We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection. (Jean Paul Richter)

All things that pass / Are wisdom's looking-glass. (Christina Rossetti)

- My Life as a Man...
He is not simply looking into the mirror because he is transfixed by what he sees. Rather, the artist's success depends as much as anything on his powers of detachment, on de-narcissizing himself... (Philip Roth)

The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too. (Herbert Samuel)

Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking. (David J. Schwartz)

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

I've never found therapy to be a sign of weakness; I've found the opposite to be true. The willingness to have a mirror held up to you definitely requires strength. (Brooke Shields)

My main concern is theater, and theater does not reflect or mirror society. It has been stingy and selfish, and it has to do better. (Anna Deavere Smith)

I love mirrors, and one of the occasional principles in the rural Chinese villages is to use mirrors to scare away the devils. I use mirrors to bring in light and to open up spaces. (Jim Spear)

A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living. (Rudolf Steiner)

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road. (Stendhal)

-from Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, 1895...
In his soul, as in a mirror, were concentrated all the lights radiating from every point of observation - whether human or Divine - and from his soul as from a mirror, these lights were reflected back in every possible combination of beauty and sublimity. (Sir James Francis Stephens)

Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors. (Wallace Stevens)

Perhaps it's mirrors all the way down. (Mona Stratos)

The mirror crack'd from side to side / 'The curse has come upon me,' cried The Lady of Shalott. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

This autobiography of mine is a mirror, and I am looking at myself in it all the time. Incidentally I notice the people that pass along at my back - I get glimpses of them in the mirror - and whenever they say or do anything that can help advertise me and flatter me and raise me in my own estimation, I set these things down in my autobiography. (Mark Twain)

On the highway of life, we most often recognize happiness out of the rearview mirror. (Frank Tyger)

When you paint look at your work in a mirror; when you see it reversed, it will appear to you like some other painter's work and you will be a better judge of its faults. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The painter who draws by practice and judgement of the eye without the use of reason is like the mirror which reproduces within itself all the objects which are set opposite to it without knowledge of the same. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The mind of a painter should be like a mirror which is filled with as many images as there are things placed before him. (Leonardo da Vinci)

-Love after Love...
The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other's welcome. (Derek Walcott)

-Love After Love...
The time will come / when, with elation / you will greet yourself arriving / at your own door, in your own mirror / and each will smile at the other's welcome... peel your own image from the mirror. / Sit. Feast on your life. (Derek Walton)

There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors. (Tennessee Williams)

There's a quote from Hamlet that is my guide... He tells the players not to exaggerate but to hold a mirror up to nature. Don't overdo it, don't underdo it. Do it just on the line. (Andrew Wyeth)

We have fallen in the dreams the ever-living / Breathe on the tarnished mirror of the world, / And then smooth out with ivory hands and sigh. (William Butler Yeats)