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Art Quotes to Inspire for #ArtsTalkTuesday

It's #ArtsTalkTuesday. This week I want you to dig deep and find the best art – or arts and faith – quotes you can manage. Are there words that have formed you? Words you are still wrestling through? 

I'll start with this revelatory bit of prose written by dancer Martha Graham to her friend, Agnes de Mille. Read it, and take a deep breath.

There is a vitality,
a life force,
a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

And If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.
The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine
how good it is
nor how valuable it is
nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly
to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU.

Keep the channel open...
No artist is pleased...

There is no satisfaction whatever at anytime
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes "us" MORE alive than the others.

- Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

shared by Over The Rhine at Glen Workshop, summer 2014

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