Quotations

By now you will have realised that I love quotations! I have tried to make the quotations relevant to the pages on which they sit; that has not always been achievable with a quotation that meets my three main criteria - I like it, it is memorable and is from someone of standing. Here they all are in one place.

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS


Ansel Adams
"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept."
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment. ”
“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter.”
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
"You don’t take a photograph, you make it."

Dorothea Lange
"I believe that what we call beautiful is generally a by-product."
"A camera teaches you how to see without a camera."

Edward Weston
"Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection."

Robert Capa
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.”

Dominic Rouse
“Colour is everything, black and white is more.”

Elliott Erwitt
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.”

THE LITERARY GREATS


William Shakespeare
“Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.”

Thomas Hardy
"It was still early, and the sun's lower limb was just free of the hill, his rays, ungenial and peering, addressed the eye rather than the touch as yet."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic, Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms."

George Bernard Shaw
"A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
“There are, indeed, few merrier spectacles than that of many windmills bickering together in a fresh breeze over a woody country; their halting alacrity of movement, their pleasant business, making bread all day with uncouth gesticulation; their air, gigantically human, as of a creature half alive, put a spirit of romance into the tamest landscape."
“I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.”

Rudyard Kipling
"Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew - Wanted to know what the River knew, Twenty Bridges or twenty-two, For they were young, and the Thames was old, And this is the tale that River told:”

William Butler Yeats
"I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera."

Oliver Goldsmith
"Where the broad ocean leans against the land.”

Anna Sewell
“It is good people who make good places.”

Mary Shelley
"There is something so different in Venice from any other place in the world, that you leave at once all accustomed habits and everyday sights to enter an enchanted garden.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."

Frances Maye
“My idea of heaven still is to drive the gravel farm roads of Umbria and Tuscany, very pleasantly lost. ”

FROM THE ART WORLD


John Ruskin
"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."

Paul Cezanne
"The clear French landscape is as pure as a verse of Racine."

Michelangelo
"A man paints with his brains and not with his hands."

Robert Genn
“Abstraction generally involves implication, suggestion and mystery, rather than obvious description.”

THE ARCHITECTS


Frank Lloyd Wright
“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”

Frank Gehry
"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness."

THE SCIENTISTS


E. O. Wilson
"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."

R. Buckminster Fuller
"Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value."

Blaise Pascal
"I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter. (The Provincial Letters - Letter 16, 1657)"

Leonardo da Vinci
"Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

THE JOURNALIST


Herb Caen
"A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams."

THE WORLD OF FASHION


Coco Chanel
"Fashion changes, but style endures."

Brunello Cucinelli
"In the heart of the desert and founded by the first Spanish Conquistadores, Las Vegas has become the entertainment capital of the world, with more than 30 million visitors a year."

PHILOSOPHERS, POLITICIANS AND ECONOMISTS


Winston Churchill
"It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time."

Sallust
"Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes big things decay."

Confucius
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."

Plato
“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.”

THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT


Giuseppe Verdi
"You may have the universe if I may have Italy”

Liz Vassey
"Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional"

Enzo Ferrari
“Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win.”

MILITARY MEN


Horatio Nelson
"I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so. "

ANON


"Legend has it that a little girl, upon finding out that her family was moving there, prayed one night, "Goodbye God, we are going to Bodie."

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams
photo by J. Malcolm Greany (Public Domain)

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange atop automobile in California
(Public Domain)

Edward Weston

Edward Weston
photo by Rae Davis (Public Domain)

Robert Capa

Robert Capa during the Spanish civil war
photo by Gerda Taro (Public Domain)

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt in the Westlicht Museum of Photography, Vienna
photo by Alfred Weidinger (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)