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Clive Bell, fully Arthur Clive Heward Bell

Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means similar states of mind.

Aesthetic | Art | Ecstasy | Family | Means | Men | Mind | Religion | Wisdom | Art | Circumstance |

Leo Booth

Religious addiction is using God, the Church, or a belief system as an escape from reality, in an attempt to find or elevate a sense of self-worth or well-being... It is the ultimate form of co-dependency - feeling worthless in and of ourselves and looking outside for something or someone to tell us we are worthwhile... Recovery means discovering divinity in one's own life.

Addiction | Belief | Church | Divinity | God | Life | Life | Means | Reality | Self | Self-worth | Sense | System | Wisdom | Worth |

Joseph Conrad, born Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski

It is my belief no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge.

Belief | Knowledge | Man | Self | Self-knowledge | Wisdom |

Freeman John Dyson

There are three reasons why, quite apart from scientific considerations, mankind needs to travel in space. The first reason is garbage disposal; we need to transfer industrial processes into space so that the earth may remain a green and pleasant place for our grandchildren to live in. The second reason is to escape material impoverishment; the resources of this planet are finite, and we shall not forgo forever the abundance of solar energy and minerals and living space that are spread out all around us. The third reason is our spiritual need for an open frontier. The ultimate purpose of space travel is to bring to humanity, not only scientific discoveries and an occasional spectacular show on television, but a real expansion of our spirit.

Abundance | Earth | Energy | Humanity | Mankind | Need | Purpose | Purpose | Reason | Space | Spirit | Television | Wisdom |

Brendan Francis Behan

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.

Wisdom |

George Washington Goethals

Knowledge of our duties is the most essential part of the philosophy of life. If you escape duty you avoid action. The world demands results.

Action | Duty | Knowledge | Life | Life | Philosophy | Wisdom | World |

Hugh Reginald Haweis

[Music] It reveals us to ourselves, it represents those modulations and temperamental changes which escape all verbal analysis, it utters what must else remain forever unuttered and unutterable; it feeds that deep, ineradicable instinct within us of which all art is only the reverberated echo, that craving to express, through the medium of the senses, the spiritual and eternal realties which underlie them.

Art | Eternal | Instinct | Music | Wisdom | Art |

David Hume

It is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age. But to escape censure a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.

Action | Age | Applause | Censure | Life | Life | Man | Wisdom | Wise |

Thomas Mann, fully Paul Thomas Mann

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.

Peace | Problems | War | Wisdom |

James Russell Lowell

It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reading is, and what shifts we make to escape thinking. There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds.

Dread | Habit | Reading | Thinking | Wisdom |

Robert Oppenheimer, fully Julius Robert Oppenheimer

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.

Knowing | Little | Man | Wisdom |

Friedrich Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

One finds in art the means whereby he may rejoice in his nature, another the means whereby he may temporarily overcome and escape from his nature. In accordance with these two needs, there are two kinds of art and artist.

Art | Means | Nature | Wisdom | Art |

Philo, aka Philo of Alexandria, Philo Judaeus, Philo Judaeus of Alexandria, Yedidia, "Philon", and Philo the Jew NULL

He who is held in bondage by his senses can never enjoy even a dream of freedom. It is only by complete escape from them that we arrive at a state of freedom from fear.

Fear | Freedom from fear | Freedom | Wisdom |

Joshua Reynolds, fully Sir Joshua Reynolds

Excellence is never granted to man, but as the reward of labor. It argues, indeed, no small strength of mind to persevere in the habits of industry, without the pleasure of perceiving those advantages which, like the hands of a clock, whilst they make hourly approaches to their point, yet proceed so slowly as to escape observation.

Excellence | Industry | Labor | Man | Mind | Observation | Pleasure | Reward | Strength | Wisdom |