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I have always tried to write in a simple way, using down-to-earth and not abstract words.
For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents - as an element - the greatest difficulty in manipulation.
The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
James J. Gibson
I wanted to be an abstract painter, but I was rotten at it.
'Bond girl' is a bit abstract, what does that mean, you see a girl in a bikini?
There's an interesting contrast between born Catholics and converts. Converts are often much more rule-directed. Catholicism isn't something that they breathed in from their childhood, so they think that if you don't toe the line on abstract doctrine you can't be part of the Church.
I play only classical music. My pianos are my only big indulgence, but they're a necessity. When I'm playing the piano is literally the only time I can be completely abstract and disconnected from the regular world and yet be connected - to my music.
At that point it certainly would be called abstract. That is to say, you had a model and there'd be one or two or three people there drawing the model but otherwise you had abstractions all around the room, even though the model was in front of you.
I sometimes wish I had been educated a Catholic, in order to unite the poetry of religion with its higher principles. Are they necessarily inseparable? Is man really so much of a philosopher, that he can conceive of truth in its abstract purity, and divest life and the affections of all the aids of the imagination?
James Fenimore Cooper
I had never thought that I would be involved in narrative structures. As a young guy, I was more interested in abstract modeling. But as I got older, I began to see that there was no reason to limit myself to any intellectual or conceptual postulate, when in fact I'm a professional student of music.
It is easier to take a position in the abstract than when it hits home.
Writing laws based on an abstract theory, rather than reality, is a dangerous undertaking.
Science fiction is a way that I can go into the abstract, go into the imagination, and audiences are still willing to go along for the ride.
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
My own physicality, not an abstract idea, makes me a choreographer.
I'm not satisfied sitting in just the world of abstract work.
Yes, I did, I mean I painted er, in a kind of abstract expressionist way, because of course that was exciting.
When you make a painting, even abstract, there is always a sort of necessary filling-in.
Think of an abstract painting as very, very low relief - a thing, not a picture.
To realize life in the abstract as noble or beautiful or humane, to set it forth so with radiance upon it, that is civilization in the arts. Shakespeare is the chief modern example of this supreme faculty of mankind.
George Edward Woodberry
There's no way that scientists can ever rule out religion, or even have anything significant to say about the abstract idea of a divine creator.
Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings. I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the reader what I was advertising.
Mother liked beauty wherever she found it, and she found it in many different places, both in nature and in contemporary art. And that's where they pretty much parted company. Father... anything that was abstract would to him automatically be not very good.
They tend to be pretty abstract ones then, like doing what will have the best consequences; obviously you wouldn't specify what consequences are best, they may be different in some circumstances, so at a lower, more specific level, you may well get differences.
Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
When you write, you don't have the social constraints of having people in front of you, so you talk about abstract matters.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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