May 23, 2011

Quotable: Josef Pieper

Before you can express anything in tangible form, you first need eyes to see.  The mere attempt, therefore, to create an artistic form compels the artist to take a fresh look at the visible reality; it requires authentic and personal observation.  Long before a creation is completed, the artist has gained for himself another and more intimate achievement: a deeper and more receptive vision, a more intense awareness, a sharped and more discerning understanding, a more patient openness for all things quiet and inconspicuous, an eye for things previously overlooked.

--Josef Pieper, from the essay "Learning to See Again" in Only the Lover Sings.

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