Wisdom on Wednesdays—The art of the absolute

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Blue Bowl II
A companion painting to Blue Bowl I

“Expediency is the science of the relative
Sanctity and beauty, the art of the absolute.”  (1955)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—What goes on in our hearts

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Portrait of Margaret Ryan, September 1931, pastel on paper, 18 x 15 in.

“Viewed fundamentally, the advance of atheistic communism has little to do with the cold war or with Khrushchev.  It has mostly to do with what goes on in our hearts.

“As long as our principal or only reality consists in expediency we are doomed to slavery.  It does not matter how much we go to church or how many concerts we go to or how many pictures we buy; as long as we regard economic expediency as the most important thing in life, we will be buried.”  (1960)