Best Quotes About Abstract

Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings. I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the reader what I was advertising. -David Ogilvy

Verse is not written, it is bled; Out of the poet's abstract head. Words drip the poem on the page; Out of his grief, delight and rage. -Paul Engle

Everything will be all right – you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves. -Dag Hammarskjold

She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short. -Clive James

The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it. -Henry Kissinger

Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity. -William Manchester

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. -Ellen Key

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions. -Robert M. Pirsig

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. -Saul Alinsky

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. -Havelock Ellis

A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding. -William Gibson

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men. -Epicurus

If the world would only build temples to Machinery in the abstract then everything would be perfect. The painter and sculptor would have plenty to do, and could, in complete peace and suitably honored, pursue their trade without further trouble. -Wyndham Lewis

Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works. -John Keats

Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts. -Joseph Stalin

The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons. -Susan Sontag

How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound. The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows they create to hide a vacuum. -Joseph Joubert

My interest in desperation lies only in that sometimes I find myself having become desperate. Very seldom do I start out that way. I can see of course that, in the abstract, thinking and all activity is rather desperate. -Willem de Kooning

I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept. No thank you. The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid verbalization whenever you can. -Virgil Thomson

I'm not a natural leader. I'm too intellectual; I'm too abstract; I think too much. -Newt Gingrich

O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself. -Louis Aragon

Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money. -Arthur Schopenhauer

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. -Camille Paglia

The type of contract between players and producers is, I feel, antiquated in form and abstract in concept. We have no privacies which producers cannot invade, they trade us like cattle, boss us like children. -Teresa Wright

Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect. -George Boole

I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It's kind of a fine line. -Daniel Clowes

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism. -Barbara Hepworth

Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage. -Auguste Comte

I was worried in the '80s that the best abstract painting had become obsessed with materiality, and painterly gestures and materiality were up against the wall. -Frank Stella

Up until 35 I had a slightly skewed world view. I honestly believed everybody in the world wanted to make abstract paintings, and people only became lawyers and doctors and brokers and things because they couldn't make abstract paintings. -Frank Stella

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract – and therefore, possibly also the more practical – it becomes. -E. T. Bell

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. -Terence McKenna

Red Carpet has a nice package abstraction layer that allows us to support RPMs and DEBs transparently. -Nat Friedman

Do you not see, first, that – as a mental abstract – physical force is directly opposed to morality; and secondly, that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces? -Auberon Herbert

I do not see scales as abstract. -James Galway

The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense. -Jean Piaget

On the one hand, there are individual actions such as throwing, pushing, touching, rubbing. It is these individual actions that give rise most of the time to abstraction from objects. -Jean Piaget

Reflective abstraction, however, is based not on individual actions but on coordinated actions. -Jean Piaget

When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle; I conform to the nature of God. -Kenneth L. Pike

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace. -Theodor W. Adorno

In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes. -Theodor W. Adorno

I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned about so-called avant-garde music. Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting were well known at this time. -Henry Flynt

A lot of these angles are really about trying to mimic broadcast sports angles in order to anchor the scene, to sort of normalize it before it becomes abstracted. -Matthew Barney

I am at war… with the principal personage of traditional philosophy, that abstract subject who masquerades as everyone and anyone, but is really a male subject in disguise. -Pam Gems

We call those works of art concrete that came into being on the basis of their inherent resources and rules – without external borrowing from natural phenomena, without transforming those phenomena, in other words: not by abstraction. -Max Bill

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and physics rests on the concepts of space and time. -James J. Gibson

The dynamic element in my philosophy, taken as a whole, can be seen as an obstinate and untiring battle against the spirit of abstraction. -Gabriel Marcel

They tend to be pretty abstract ones then, like doing what will have the best consequences; obviously you wouldn't specify what consequences are best, they may be different in some circumstances, so at a lower, more specific level, you may well get differences. -Peter Singer

Even at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions. -Richard Russo

The ABC of our profession is to avoid these large abstract terms in order to try to discover behind them the only concrete realities, which are human beings. -Marc Bloch

The atmosphere is different in Congress after September 11. Terrorism is no longer an abstract issue, but a real, tangible threat. -Howard Berman

The man of science, like the man of letters, is too apt to view mankind only in the abstract, selecting in his consideration only a single side of our complex and many-sided being. -James G. Frazer

Even the recognition of an individual whom we see every day is only possible as the result of an abstract idea of him formed by generalization from his appearances in the past. -James G. Frazer

It was the point where things became much more abstract and less literal than in the bulk of the film, which was hardcore rockets and space and planets – all a fairly straightforward evolution from what I had been doing before. -Douglas Trumbull

For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the Hegelian critique with no regrets; it would appear to me, indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought, as a thought of understanding. -Paul Ricoeur

History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody's own vacancy. -Robert Smithson

It is about this very abstract sense of displacement that he feels the moment he turns off the television. -Atom Egoyan

The Geometer has the special privilege to carry out, by abstraction, all constructions by means of the intellect. Who, then, would wish to prevent me from freely considering figures hanging on a balance imagined to be at an infinite distance beyond the confines of the world? -Evangelista Torricelli

Of all the arts, music is really the most abstract. -Leo Ornstein

To say it another way, thinking, however abstract, originates in an embodied subjectivity, at once overdetermined and permeable to contingent events. -Teresa de Lauretis

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem; it does not require a belief in abstract entities. -Tom G. Palmer

You're assisting the audience to understand; you're giving them a bridge or an access. And if you don't give them that, if you keep it more abstract, it's almost more pure. It's a cooler thing. -Jim Henson

The wars of the future will be fought by computer technicians and by lawyers and high-altitude specialists, and that may mean war will be increasingly abstract, hard to think about and hard to control. -Michael Ignatieff

Whatever life may really be, it is to us an abstraction: for the word is a generalised term to signify that which is common to all animals and plants, and which is not directly operative in the inorganic world. -Oliver Joseph Lodge

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it. -Walter Pater

What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect, but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects. -Walter Pater

War is an abstraction. -Bruce Jackson

When friends and lovers die and your world gets quieter; that's when the silence comes closer; that's when next isn't the least bit theoretical or abstract. -Bruce Jackson

We shall suffer no attachment to literature, no taste for abstract discussion, no love of purely intellectual theories, to seduce us from our devotion to the cause of the oppressed, the down trodden, the insulted and injured masses of our fellow men. -George Ripley

I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality, abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery. -Eric Cantona

Let me first say that I don't think the millennium target of cutting global poverty in half is an impossible or abstract target. I think it is a real and achievable goal. -Gro Harlem Brundtland

I am dominated by one thing, an irresistible, burning attraction towards the abstract. -Gustave Moreau

The plane is simply abstracting the power stored in the wave by a distant gale, and using it to counteract gravity. And if the work be continued long enough, or a multitude of planes be continually drawing on the reservoir of power, the wave must inevitably be flattened. -Lawrence Hargrave

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real. -Lucian Freud

The more chaos there is, the more science holds on to abstract systems of control, and the more chaos is engendered. -William Irwin Thompson

I hardly need to abstract things, for each object is unreal enough already, so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting. -Max Beckmann

Height, width, and depth are the three phenomena which I must transfer into one plane to form the abstract surface of the picture, and thus to protect myself from the infinity of space. -Max Beckmann

For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents – as an element – the greatest difficulty in manipulation. -Sergei Eisenstein

The investigations which have seemingly been the most purely abstract have often formed the foundation of the most important changes or improvements in the conditions of human life. -Theodor Svedberg

They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things. -Constantin Brancusi

But this emphasis would be lavished in vain, if it served, in your opinion, only to abstract a general type from phenomena whose particularity in our work would remain the essential thing for you, and whose original arrangement could be broken up only artificially. -Jacques Lacan

In contrast, traditional classical music starts from an abstract musical schema. This is then notated and only expressed in concrete sound as a last stage, when it is performed. -Pierre Schaeffer

I think we're much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there's another purpose to it. -Roy Lichtenstein

Within two hours of where I live, you have mountains and desert as location. I like the natural elements that abstract into light, texture, shape and shadow. -Herb Ritts

One thus sees that a new kind of theory is needed which drops these basic commitments and at most recovers some essential features of the older theories as abstract forms derived from a deeper reality in which what prevails in unbroken wholeness. -David Bohm

This paper was one of my digressions into abstract economics. -William Vickrey

A lot of the lyrical ideas do have a lot of meaning in a way, although it is somewhat abstracted. -Thurston Moore

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was. -Jackson Pollock

It makes no difference whether a work is naturalistic or abstract; every visual expression follows the same fundamental laws. -Hans Hofmann

What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles… It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation. -Hans Hofmann

Color is for me the purest form of expression, the purest abstract reality. -Jim Hodges

I have always tried to write in a simple way, using down-to-earth and not abstract words. -Georges Simenon

I like the fact that music is more abstract. -Bryan Ferry

Not to mention the fact that of course terrorists hate freedom. I think they do hate. But believe me, I don't think they sit there abstractly hating freedom. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

Those who tell you that the territorial question is an abstraction, that you can never colonize another territory without the African slavetrade, are both deaf and blind to the history of the last sixty years. -Robert Toombs

We deliberately used elements from Brazilian music and from African and Asian music. Now people can hear that but then it sounded so abstract, they couldn't hear it. -Arto Lindsay

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that the abstract expressionists were applying paint. You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting. -Robert Rauschenberg

The economy is not an abstraction. The economy consists of people, and it will only grow if people feel secure and are reasonably free. -John Bruton

Northern white people love the Negro in a sort of abstract way, as a race; through a sense of justice, charity, and philanthropy, they will liberally assist in his elevation. -James Weldon Johnson

My response, a dubious and hesitant one, is that it has been and may continue to be, in the time that is left to me, more productive to live out the question than to try to answer it in abstract terms. -J. M. Coetzee

As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies, as a form of abstract thought. I don't wish to deny the uses of the intellect, but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect by itself will lead one nowhere. -J. M. Coetzee

That subject has lost its one time appeal to economists as our science has become more abstract, but my interest has even grown more intense as the questions raised by the sociology of science became more prominent. -George Stigler

When I was thinking about The Lion King, I said, we have to do what theater does best. What theater does best is to be abstract and not to do literal reality. -Julie Taymor

Theater is far superior to film in poetry, in abstract poetry. -Julie Taymor

They lyrical content has grown more introspective and less abstract. I don't know if that's good or bad… Sometimes it feels a little raw to be putting so much of myself out there. -Mark Edwards

Out of doing all that experimentation with sound I decided I wanted to do it with live musicians. To take repetition, take music fragments and make it live. Musicians would be able to play it and create this kind of abstract fabric of sound. -Terry Riley

As I say, I as an abstract artist was active politically. -Lee Krasner

At that point it certainly would be called abstract. That is to say, you had a model and there'd be one or two or three people there drawing the model but otherwise you had abstractions all around the room, even though the model was in front of you. -Lee Krasner

The minute I start to talk about acting, I realize that I can't. You know, it's an abstract thing, a little bit mysterious even if you do it for a living. -Christopher Walken

Each kid has a different level of expertise and some of them are very raw and inexperienced and some are incredibly mature and experienced. So you just have to go with what they are rather than have some abstract technique that you're going to try to apply to them. -David Cronenberg

Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured. -Paul Cezanne

On my return to Pittsburgh, I resolved to go back to the fundamental problems of electronic structure that I had contemplated abstractly many years earlier. -John Pople

At the same time, new concepts and abstractions flow into the picture, taking up the task of describing the universe without reference to such time or space – abstractions for which our language lacks adequate terms. -Benjamin Whorf

Yes, I did, I mean I painted er, in a kind of abstract expressionist way, because of course that was exciting. -David Hockney

That's what it is that you rehearse – the making of music, not the playing of notes as abstractions. -Sarah Caldwell

Two elements are needed to form a truth – a fact and an abstraction. -Remy de Gourmont

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete. -Jean-Paul Sartre

It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction. -Doris Lessing

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. -Pablo Picasso

I paint abstract expressions. -Billy Zane

Judaism lives not in an abstract creed, but in its institutions. -Berthold Auerbach

As information technology restructures the work situation, it abstracts thought from action. -Shoshana Zuboff

We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation. -Alexander Herzen

I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens. -Jean-Paul Sartre

If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test. -Mary Wollstonecraft

The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval. -Franz Grillparzer

To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought. -Honore de Balzac

All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs. -Denis Diderot

Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about us; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us. -Toni Morrison

Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow – and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals. -Kenneth Clark

By object is meant some element in the complex whole that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction. -John Dewey

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him. -Marshall McLuhan

Washington isn't a city, it's an abstraction. -Dylan Thomas

Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We invoke the sacrifices of our fallen heroes in the abstract, but we seldom take time to thank them individually. -Rahm Emanuel

From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man – the function of his reasoning mind. -Ayn Rand

I am what you might call abstractly anti-capitalist. For instance, I am suspicious of the old leftists who focus all their hatred on the United States. What about Chinese neo-colonialism? Why are the left silent about that? When I say this, it annoys them, of course. Good! -Slavoj Zizek

I'd say that my profession ends where architectural thinking ends – architectural thinking in terms of thinking about programs and organizational structure. These abstractions play a role in many other disciplines, and those disciplines are now defining their 'architectures' as well. -Rem Koolhaas

Every abstract picture of the world is as impossible as a blueprint of a storm. Don't be ashamed because you're human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that's as it should be. -Tomas Transtromer

To really be on stage and not know what you're going to say, and to be able to say something that makes people laugh, or do something that's sort of abstract or off the beaten path and have people connect to it by just putting your ideas together, that really makes me happy. -Mary Lynn Rajskub

Sometimes I have these abstract ideas and then lose track of myself. -Julia Stiles

It is difficult to talk about fashion in the abstract, without a human body before my eyes, without drawings, without a choice of fabric – without a practical or visual reality. -Giorgio Armani

You have something that exists in your head, and getting that abstract thought from your head into something that actually exists is a difficult process. -Lazaro Hernandez

When you're trying to solve a problem on a new product type, you become completely focused on problems that seem a number of steps removed from the main product. That problem solving can appear a little abstract, and it is easy to lose sight of the product. -Jonathan Ive

I wanted to be an abstract painter, but I was rotten at it. -Jenny Holzer

The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can't solve the equations, directly in the abstract. -Stephen Hawking

I get satisfaction out of seeing stuff that makes real change in the real world. We need a lot more of that and a lot less abstract stuff. -Temple Grandin

I guess my experience with some stuff is kind of abstract. -Joaquin Phoenix

I think most people, when they think about the Black Panther Party, they think in very abstract, caricatured terms. They think about black fists in the air, but they don't think about the actual people, and the families, and the relationships. -Kerry Washington

'Bond girl' is a bit abstract, what does that mean, you see a girl in a bikini? -Berenice Marlohe

So the universe is constantly moving in the direction of higher evolutionary impulses, creativity, abstraction, and meaning. -Deepak Chopra

I felt like my parents were always involved with abstraction, and I wanted to do something very specific. -Lena Dunham

I think that ideas exist outside of ourselves. I think somewhere, we're all connected off in some very abstract land. But somewhere between there and here ideas exist. -David Lynch

To me, a story can be both concrete and abstract, or a concrete story can hold abstractions. And abstractions are things that really can't be said so well with words. -David Lynch

You make knowledge relevant to life and you make it important for children to learn things that will really relate to things going on in their lives, and not abstract. -Talib Kweli

When I used to do abstract paintings at school, like everyone else, the tutor said these would make great curtains. I would always neglect the formal stuff that was going on by using colour, because colour kind of came naturally to me. -Damien Hirst

It is easier to take a position in the abstract than when it hits home. -Dennis Prager

Describing comic sensibility is near impossible. It's sort of an abstract silliness, that sometimes the joke isn't the star. -Dana Carvey

I don't care if Margot is a Dame of the British Empire or older than myself. For me she represents eternal youth; there is an absolute musical quality in her beautiful body and phrasing. Because we are sincere and gifted, an intense abstract love is born between us every time we dance together. -Rudolf Nureyev

Contrary to current cynicism about past golden ages, the abstraction known as 'the intelligent layperson' does exist – in the form of millions of folks with a passionate commitment to continuous learning. -Stephen Jay Gould

The surrealists, and the modern movement in painting as a whole, seemed to offer a key to the strange postwar world with its threat of nuclear war. The dislocations and ambiguities, in cubism and abstract art as well as the surrealists, reminded me of my childhood in Shanghai. -J. G. Ballard

I admire the abstract expressionists and pop artists so right now I'm referencing American '60s art and at the same time referencing Japanese manga culture. -Christian Marclay

Revenge is a particularly interesting concept, especially the notion of whether or not it exists outside of just an abstract idea. -Christopher Nolan

I mean, I find things that happened in real life to be the funniest – things that you observe instead of crazy abstract things, you know. -Jonah Hill

Willem de Kooning is generally credited for coming out of the painterly gates strong in the forties, revolutionizing art and abstraction and reaching incredible heights by the early fifties, and then tailing off. -Jerry Saltz

It took me twenty years to get Steven Parrino's work. From the time I first saw his art, in the mid-eighties, I almost always dismissed it as mannered, Romantic, formulaic, conceptualist-formalist heavy-metal boy-art abstraction. -Jerry Saltz

Early-twentieth-century abstraction is art's version of Einstein's Theory of Relativity. It's the idea that changed everything everywhere: quickly, decisively, for good. -Jerry Saltz

Think of an abstract painting as very, very low relief – a thing, not a picture. -Jerry Saltz

The level on which Japan seems to have picked up on my music seems to be on a more abstract level. -James Blake

Can you design a Rorschach test that's going to make everyone feel something every time – and that looks like a Rorschach test? It's easy to show a picture of a kitten or a car accident. The question is, how abstract can you get and still get the audience to feel something when they don't know what's happening to them? -Jason Reitman

I love the idea of leaving some of the original abstract thought in, because the problem is that when you pick up a pen you become a snob, your own worse critic. You edit yourself in a way that is non-creative. -Glen Hansard

I didn't have a regular school experience and wanted a more abstract way of learning. I started exploring in lots of different creative ways. It gave me the opportunity to travel and play music, so it was good for me. -Brie Larson

I'm a creature of adaptation. I take advantage of the second and the moment. My comedy breathes; it's not really that predictable. I do have a linear style, but other than that, there's a lot of abstract. I just go off on what I'm thinking. I'm not that topical. I like to talk about me and my experiences. -Tommy Davidson

Developing characters is a strange thing. In the beginning they are abstract and I wonder how to move on from there. -Ann Brashares

'Kraken' is set in London and has a lot of London riffs, but I think it's more like slightly dreamlike, slightly abstract London. It's London as a kind of fantasy kingdom. -China Mieville

I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white – I like the abstraction of it. -Mary Ellen Mark

Neurologists say that our brains are programmed much more for stories than for abstract ideas. Tales with a little drama are remembered far longer than any slide crammed with analytics. -John P. Kotter

The British are supposed to be particularly averse to intellectuals, a prejudice closely bound up with their dislike of foreigners. Indeed, one important source of this Anglo-Saxon distaste for highbrows and eggheads was the French revolution, which was seen as an attempt to reconstruct society on the basis of abstract rational principles. -Terry Eagleton

When money gets too far away from actual, physical, real equity and property it gets too abstract and too distantly derived and then suddenly it's not worth anything anymore. And the same is true of language. -Roy Blount, Jr.

With a live audience, it's very clear when you've pushed it too far to the edge – because you fall off that edge and hit bottom with a thud. Nothing abstract about that. You know you went too far when you hear that groan or worse – that silence instead of the big laugh you were expecting following your hilariously edgy joke. -Michael Patrick King

Too often in Washington we tend to see foreign policy as an abstraction, with little understanding of what we are committing our country to: the complications and consequences of endeavors. -Chuck Hagel

A trilogy is a pretty abstract notion. You can apply it to almost any three things. -Jonathan Demme

I had never thought that I would be involved in narrative structures. As a young guy, I was more interested in abstract modeling. But as I got older, I began to see that there was no reason to limit myself to any intellectual or conceptual postulate, when in fact I'm a professional student of music. -Anthony Braxton

I'm not into politics but I am committed to a cause: ensuring design technology and engineering stays on the U.K. curriculum, alongside science and maths – grounding abstract theory, merging the practical with the academic. -James Dyson

I grew up in a suburb of Baltimore with an extremely high concentration of Jewish families – where the Levys and Cohens in the high school yearbook went on for pages, where I could count far more temples than I ever could churches. Anti-Semitism, in our cultural biodome, was mostly an abstract concept. -Jeffrey Kluger

My work sometimes can be abstract and appear not to have a direct relationship to Afro-American concerns, but, in fact, it is based on that. -Donald Byrd

I think there's something really painful about your identity being entirely composed of ghosts. For me, I didn't want to be this kid whose Dominicanness was something caught utterly in the past, is an abstraction, the thing that I write about. Instead I wanted it to be, first and foremost, a thing that I lived. -Junot Diaz

Honest talk about the deficit is risky. Voters are more enthusiastic about the abstract notion of deficit reduction than about the painful details of accomplishing it. -Christina Romer

I think, 'How could anybody mock a good pop song?' It is timeless; it transcends barriers; it breaks down every single type of social barrier that you can possibly have. It can deal with the most difficult subjects, even if it abstracts the subject matter. -Mika

I was literally told for 'The Show Goes On' that I shouldn't rap too deep. I shouldn't be too lyrical. It just needs to be something easy on the eyes. Like a record company telling Picasso that we don't need these abstract interpretations of life, where people have to sit down and look at it and break it down. -Lupe Fiasco

Someone who copies a Van Gogh does not therefore become Van Gogh, and the same would go for Mozart or anyone else who contributed something that was original. Certainly in the way that I described visualizing numbers in abstract, meaningful shapes. -Daniel Tammet

I've said this before – and I mean it strongly – an abstract concept or a moral issue has to be connected to feeling. If we don't believe it somehow viscerally, we don't really take it in. -Anne Michaels

'Look at Me' started with Rockford, Illinois and New York and the question of how much image culture was changing our inner lives. That's an abstract idea; you don't think that's going to be a rocking work of fiction, but it seemed to fuse in a way that was interesting. -Jennifer Egan

Screenwriting is always about what people say or do, whereas good writing is about a thought process or an abstract image or an internal monologue, none of which works on screen. -David Nicholls

I think, first and foremost, Marie Antoinette was intellectually impoverished. She really had never been introduced to the notion of abstract thinking – of thinking at all in any profound way. -Kathryn Lasky

Thinking – in particular abstract thinking, which most of us are introduced to through the study of mathematics and literature – helps us learn that we can become problem solvers. -Kathryn Lasky

Passion isn't something that lives way up in the sky, in abstract dreams and hopes. It lives at ground level, in the specific details of what you're actually doing every day. -Marcus Buckingham

Voting is like alchemy – taking an abstract value and breathing life into it. -Sharon Salzberg

The role of the pastor is to embody the gospel. And of course to get it embodied, which you can only do with individuals, not in the abstract. -Eugene H. Peterson

Certainly one of the surprising truths of having a book published is realizing that your book is as open to interpretation as an abstract painting. People bring their own beliefs and attitudes to your work, which is thrilling and surprising at the same time. -Marisha Pessl

When you write, you don't have the social constraints of having people in front of you, so you talk about abstract matters. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I want Pinterest to be human. The Internet's still so abstract… To me, boards are a very human way of looking at the world. -Ben Silbermann

To realize life in the abstract as noble or beautiful or humane, to set it forth so with radiance upon it, that is civilization in the arts. Shakespeare is the chief modern example of this supreme faculty of mankind. -George Edward Woodberry

I'm really interested in the nondefinitive element of abstraction. -Julie Mehretu

I like connecting the abstract to the concrete. There's a tension in that. I believe the reader or listener should be able to enter the poem as a participant. So I try to get past resolving poems. -Yusef Komunyakaa

Americans tend to endorse the use of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia when the question is abstract and hypothetical. -Ezekiel Emanuel

The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction. -Auguste Comte

Film is abstract, not definite. It is a dream. -Jacques Audiard

What I hope is I'll eventually be seen as an actual individual, not as some abstraction – an art dealer running a museum. -Jeffrey Deitch

The state, the state apparatus, is not an abstraction. -Samora Machel

There is no gender to my music. There's no male or female voice, no trite lyrics or poetry. It's much more abstract, so it lives with you longer. -Yanni

My forms are not abstractions of things in the real world. They're also not symbols. I would say that my job is to invent these forms and to put them together in a way that keeps your interest, to give the forms a quirky identity so you can engage with them, so you realize there's an inner intelligence or logic. -Caio Fonseca

When I have a creative block, I take walks. I like to see what shapes stick out – so many legs rushing by at once, it can seem abstract. I don't need to see great art to get stirred up. Music does that for me more easily. -Caio Fonseca

Graphic Design, which fulfills aesthetic needs, complies with the laws of form and exigencies of two-dimensional space; which speaks in semiotics, sans-serifs, and geometrics; which abstracts, transforms, translates, rotates, dilates, repeats, mirrors, groups, and regroups, is not good design if it is irrelevant. -Paul Rand

Pictures, abstract symbols, materials, and colors are among the ingredients with which a designer or engineer works. To design is to discover relationships and to make arrangements and rearrangements among these ingredients. -Paul Rand

I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I'd draw a big ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman. -Jean-Michel Basquiat

There's an interesting contrast between born Catholics and converts. Converts are often much more rule-directed. Catholicism isn't something that they breathed in from their childhood, so they think that if you don't toe the line on abstract doctrine you can't be part of the Church. -Garry Wills

I think you have to let go of this idea that you can be precious about everything, and let it be the abstract mess that it is. -Ryan Reynolds

In 'Self Comes to Mind' I pay a lot of attention to simple creatures without brains or minds, because those 'cartooned abstractions of who we are' operate on precisely the same principles that we do. -Antonio Damasio

There's no way that scientists can ever rule out religion, or even have anything significant to say about the abstract idea of a divine creator. -Brian Greene

It is often my nature to be abstract, hidden in plain sight, or nowhere at all. -Gerard Way

I think games are a good medium for approaching any subject, particularly difficult ones, because by their very nature, they are abstract, invite interaction and allow us to confront and question things… particularly rules that we may blindly follow. -Brenda Brathwaite

I always say that modernization is not an abstract thing; it's a very specific task. -Dmitry Medvedev

I finished up my graduate degree in quantum mechanics, but underwent a bit of a personal crisis, recognizing that I didn't want to do that for the rest of my life. It was too abstract, too far removed from human concerns. -Francis Collins

It is dangerous when you start calling people from one part of the world terrorists or fanatic, and you reduce them to some abstract notion. If evil has a geographical place, and if the evil has a name, that is the beginning of fascism. Real life is not this way. You have fanatics and narrow-minded people everywhere. -Marjane Satrapi

I play only classical music. My pianos are my only big indulgence, but they're a necessity. When I'm playing the piano is literally the only time I can be completely abstract and disconnected from the regular world and yet be connected – to my music. -Rafael Vinoly

Music, first of all, is completely about abstraction, which is exactly what architecture is not. In a way, it has been incredibly constructive to know what true abstraction is. So you don't fall into the trap of thinking that what you do is abstract. -Rafael Vinoly

In my view, the most damaging evils that are perpetrated upon us are through some abstract notion about good, where we're willing to sacrifice individuals in the present for some great vision of an improved or perfect future. -Gregory Stock

Climate change is a really abstract thing in most of the world. -James Balog

'Woman on the Plaza,' with its distinct horizon, snow-like surfaces, wintry wall, stunning sunlight, sharp shadows, and hurrying figure, would become the most biographical of my photographs – an abstract image of the landscape and life of northern Ohio where I grew up and first practiced photography. -Sam Abell

Why must art be static? You look at an abstraction, sculptured or painted, an entirely exciting arrangement of planes, spheres, nuclei, entirely without meaning. It would be perfect, but it is always still. The next step in sculpture is motion. -Alexander Calder

In a first pregnancy, you don't have a child yet, so you can nap and see movies and exercise. The notion of 'baby' is abstract. You look at the ultrasound and don't really understand that the creature you're seeing is soon going to be your roommate. -Kelli Williams

The Why's of suffering keep us shrouded in a seemingly bottomless void of abstraction where God is reduced to a finite ethical agent, a limited psychological personality, whose purposes measure on the same scale as ours. -Tullian Tchividjian

I was an art history major, but never specifically contemporary. I would say where I really stopped were the abstract expressionists in the New York school. -Vera Wang

Enjoying art is a personal matter. It's made up by contemplation, silence, abstraction. -Renzo Piano

I paint; I draw and paint – I've been doing that since I was in third grade, drawing realistically and then changing to abstract art. That was my first creative thing before guitar or comedy. -Steven Wright

The things I talk about and explain couldn't happen – yet, they don't seem impossible – you could say I talk about the world in an abstract perspective. But then, the world is basically insane – and it's trying to pass itself off as being a sane place. I show it for what it is. -Steven Wright

Science fiction is a way that I can go into the abstract, go into the imagination, and audiences are still willing to go along for the ride. -Nicolas Cage

Good science fiction is intelligent. It asks big questions that are on people's minds. It's not impossible. It has some sort of root in the abstract. -Nicolas Cage

Part of what I love about games is that, even if you're best friends with somebody, it gives you these sort of moments where you get to interact on a completely different level. You all agree to these abstract rules, but there's nobody holding a gun to your head. -Rich Sommer

Many billboards and magazine ads have resorted to showing isolated body parts rather than full-body portraits of models using or wearing products. This style of photography, known in the industry as abstract representation, allows the viewer to see himself in the advertisement, rather than the model. -Douglas Rushkoff

I'm not an abstract artist; I leave that to others. To me, abstract art ended with Kazimir Malevich's 'Black Square.' To continue it is senseless. -Jonas Mekas

If creators of Christian culture hope to produce work that will bear good fruit, we must draw our life from the true source – our living Savior. He is real. He is present. But all too often we reduce him to an abstraction, giving him intellectual assent, but not our hearts. -Michael O'Brien

I'm not a person who writes really abstract things with oblique references. I look at abstraction like I look at condiments. Give me some Tabasco sauce, some ketchup, some mayonnaise. I love all of that. Put it on a trumpet. I've just got to have the ketchup and Tabasco sauce. That's my attitude about musical philosophy. -Wynton Marsalis

The way I paint is similar to rock in that you don't stand around and say, 'Gee, what are they talking about?' Rock is simple, blunt, colorful. Same with my paintings. You don't stand back and wonder what it is. That's Jim Morrison, that's a panda, that's a scene on the West Coast. It's not abstract. -Grace Slick

When you're doing a film, narrative is your most important tool, but it's a tool to create a cinematographic experience, to create those moments that are beyond narrative, that are almost an abstraction of that moment that hits your psyche. -Alfonso Cuaron

We live in an age when the traditional great subjects – the human form, the landscape, even newer traditions such as abstract expressionism – are daily devalued by commercial art. -Andy Warhol

I think they should have movies in restaurants. I can't believe that so many people get together just to sit there. It's so abstract… isn't it abstract? What are these people sitting here watching? -Andy Warhol

I'm not satisfied sitting in just the world of abstract work. -Twyla Tharp

My own physicality, not an abstract idea, makes me a choreographer. -Twyla Tharp

The reason I keep talking about a wife and saying the word 'wife' on stage is because it seems a funny word to me. The more you say it, the more it seems to detach from that person and become this sort of abstract thing: that you would set out to find a wife, that it would be an objective like buying a new car. -Stephen Merchant

I paint – I tend more to abstraction – but not as much as I would like to because of time. I would love to do sculpture – I've toyed with the idea of fitting in a sculpture course. -Lily Cole

When I write plays, I'm already seeing the shapes on stage, of the actors and their interaction, and so on and so forth. I don't think I've ever written one play as an abstract piece, as a literary piece, floating in the air somewhere, to be flushed out later on. -Wole Soyinka

I guess law was always interesting to me because you deal with constants. I like to deal with constants, abstracts, constants and reason and ration, rational approaches to things. I don't know, I never really thought why I wanted to study law. But if you ask me whether I would do it again, absolutely. -Mohamed ElBaradei

The two have to go hand in hand – the atmosphere and the music. I actually get rather worried if I can't see the music first. There always needs to be a mood, a feeling, a story, even if it is abstract. There's got to be a narrative to guide things before they're even created. -Alison Goldfrapp

I don't write things that are wildly abstractly atonal. -Andre Previn

I think that magic, at its root, is a very abstract notion. There's no real, approved definition. And, in that sense, it's like love; you can only see magic by the effect it has on people. -Drummond Money-Coutts

What interested me was dance – the way that it was constructed with time-space constructions, and that it was abstract. I always thought: 'Why couldn't theater be that way? Or an opera?' -Robert Wilson

I've always thought abstractly – through theme and variations rather than narrative. -Robert Wilson

Mother liked beauty wherever she found it, and she found it in many different places, both in nature and in contemporary art. And that's where they pretty much parted company. Father… anything that was abstract would to him automatically be not very good. -David Rockefeller

Relationships do not happen in abstraction. They need a place; they need a centre, even a home. -Brendan Myers

One thing that makes me very happy is to have a complicated idea and to feel that I've expressed myself clearly. I remember writing the ending to 'Happier at Home.' I wrote the entire book to build to that ending 'now is now,' and what I had to say was very abstract, and yet I felt satisfied that I managed to say what I wanted to say. -Gretchen Rubin

In abstract painting, I worried about the limited range of possibilities that, as time went on, became increasingly important to me. I wanted to express or deal with differences that an all-over paint and canvas 'presence' neutralized. -Richard Diebenkorn

Climate change – for so long an abstract concern for an academic few – is no longer so abstract. Even the Bush administration's Climate Change Science Programme reports 'clear evidence of human influences on the climate system.' -Zac Goldsmith

My connection with Brazil is so abstract. My blood and my way of thinking is Brazilian, but that's it. I don't tend to go back to the past, and although I have an apartment there, I rarely visit. When I move, I really move. -Paulo Coelho

I am 100 per cent Virgo, stubborn, over-organised, slightly abstracted from the rest of the world. -Paulo Coelho

I came to New York, and it was fascinating and intimidating and yielding, and all the stuff it's supposed to be. But whatever the abstract essence I was seeking, I couldn't find exactly that. -Richard Greenberg

In the visual arts, particularly painting, I distrust all those abstractions, those artificial constructions. I have a very simple way of judging them: if I can do them, they are not art. -F. Sionil Jose

Science is a little bit more than a wonderful way of modelling and predicting; it's a wonderful technical abstraction. I think science is a really wonderful technical abstraction. -Bernard Beckett

From Shakespeare to Robi Thakur, everyone has written stories about people and incidents around them. There is no creativity minus reality irrespective of how flowery or abstract you make it. -Vidya Balan

I often avoid using the terms 'figuration' and 'abstraction' because I've always tried to have it both ways. I want the experience of looking at one of my paintings to be similar to the process of making the painting – you go from the big picture to something very intense and detailed, and then back again. -Cecily Brown

I have been in love with Emily Dickinson's poetry since I was 13, and, like an anonymous post on says, 'Dear Emily – I hope I have understood.' Emily's poems are sometimes difficult, often abstract, on occasion flippant, but her mind is inside them. -Helen Oyeyemi

When novels deal in abstractions, they generally go off the rails. -Philipp Meyer

As we mature through the years, we access more deeply information we had only abstractly understood before. -Marianne Williamson

The text loses its virginity simply by being staged: it's no longer the abstract ideal version; it's an event. -Tom Stoppard

Women exist in my imagination. So they are necessarily a type of abstraction. Many women criticise me for this vision, but I explain to them it's to be expected, because I am a man. -Bruno Dumont

I sometimes wish I had been educated a Catholic, in order to unite the poetry of religion with its higher principles. Are they necessarily inseparable? Is man really so much of a philosopher, that he can conceive of truth in its abstract purity, and divest life and the affections of all the aids of the imagination? -James Fenimore Cooper

I'm a Libra. I'm happy to be an air sign, but I do think I have a little too much air in my chart as a whole – some more water would be useful, especially in my personal life, as an emotional counterweight to all that abstraction. -Eleanor Catton

Christianity becomes just a set of things you believe in. It's almost an intellectual kind of abstract issue. -Elaine Pagels

Calls for the simplification of abstract or allusive art have always come from governments suspicious of artists themselves. This is why totalitarian regimes have always legislated some form of realism. -Russell Smith

A study, by its very nature, is an abstraction. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

I'm not an abstractionist completely. -Cy Twombly

I took physics, and lo and behold, there's a lot of physics in 'Lost.' I think for most people, liberal arts educations are more abstract, but for me, it's been a chance to apply the things I've learned more directly. I also took some Folklore and Mythology classes, and I think that a lot of that influenced me. -Carlton Cuse

Things like anatomy and drawing and design and color had pretty much been drop-kicked out of the curriculum in the '70s, when I was studying art, in favor of abstraction and minimalism. -David Small

We speak of 'software eating the world,' 'the Internet of Things,' and we massify 'data' by declaring it 'Big.' But these concepts remain for the most part abstract. It's hard for many of us to grasp the impact of digital technology on the 'real world' of things like rocks, homes, cars, and trees. We lack a metaphor that hits home. -John Battelle

Chimps can do all sorts of things we thought that only we could do – like tool-making and abstraction and generalisation. They can learn a language – sign language – and they can use the signs. But when you think of our intellects, even the brightest chimp looks like a very small child. -Jane Goodall

There's something mathematically satisfying about music: notes fit together and harmony and all that. And mathematics has to do with abstractions and making connections. -Tom Lehrer

There is certainly a part of my filmmaking that harkens to a more simpler commercial kind of taste, but then with this there's certainly a kind of avant-garde, abstract, existential element to it. -J. C. Chandor

A lot of my work is about what's abstract and what's pictorial. Is it bubblegum, or is it an abstract painting using bubblegum? The energy comes from walking that line and watching things dip this way and that. -Dan Colen

The average development time for a Hollywood movie is nine years. Nine years for a studio film. And a lot of what you do is abstract. -Stephen Gaghan

I'm a lot more interested in people than I used to be. I used to be most interested in abstract ideas, and people were an afterthought, but that's changed a bit. -Malcolm Gladwell

Most professional women I know – myself included – long since gave up looking for a rulebook or a roadmap; we make it up as we go along. Every day presents a new choice, a new challenge, which makes long-term career planning seem like an especially abstract exercise. -Nancy Gibbs

Someone will write a resolution that says, 'I want to exercise more,' or 'I want to lose 15 pounds' – which is great, that's a great goal to have – but every study tells us that if you pose things in abstract, goal-related terms, it's much less likely that you will accomplish it than if you structure it as an actual activity. -Charles Duhigg

I played a lot of Bach's partitas and sonatas; I like the way that Bach was abstracting already from these dance forms. -Caroline Shaw

People understand what art is supposed to look like, and so it's easy to make something that looks like art but isn't – especially in an abstract form. -Lucien Smith

I have always loved contemporary dance, but it has always been a bit of a mystery to me. But choreography is very much like what I do when you are putting characters in frame on the page. It's so impressive what they do with their bodies. It's like painting: an abstraction. -Michael Leunig

I loved and protected my own children like a fierce mama bear, but one of them died anyway. It was a dark day when I realized that part of my responsibility in Casey's death was that I did not love all the children of the world in that same real, not abstract, way. -Cindy Sheehan

For people of color – especially African Americans – the idea that racist cops might frame members of their community is no abstract notion, let alone an exercise in irrational conspiracy theorizing. Rather, it speaks to a social reality about which blacks are acutely aware. -Tim Wise

I feel most free onstage. The audience, it's an abstraction. You don't really see anyone out there, but you feel the audience inside you. -Kim Gordon

America thrives on identity politics, left and right. But France is opposed to the idea. Since the Revolution, the French have enthroned the idea of universalism. All of us must be equal before the law as abstract individuals, and that extends to the arts. -Edmund White

In every respect, fantasy is like doing abstract paintings. -Lance Henriksen

My struggle has been to return painting to the tangible object, which is like returning the personality to touching and feeling the world around it, to offset the tendency to vagueness and abstraction. To remind people of practical activity, to suggest the sense and not to escape from the senses. -Claes Oldenburg

I know that when I finish a drawing, my anxiety level decreases. The realistic drawings are a way of pinning down an idea. I don't want to loose it. With the abstract drawings, when I'm feeling loose, I can slip into the unconscious. -Louise Bourgeois

In 1971, I put together the 'Johnny Face' drawing as a concept, with the words as part of an image in a circle. Combining my abstract drawing with the headline 'Crazy World Ain't It' created an emblem and became a button. -John Van Hamersveld

For the surf idol Duke Kahanamoku portrait, which I created for the Surfrider Foundation, I took a photo from a book cover and abstracted the photo image into a drawing. This drawing was laminated onto a surfboard and auctioned to a buyer. -John Van Hamersveld

With the Larry Bertlemann portrait, I started with a photograph that I could use for it. I built the drawing's identity to serve as a graphic identity. After a number of sketches, I went into my own abstract vernacular of drawn lines and shapes to create the composition for the poster design. -John Van Hamersveld

Writing laws based on an abstract theory, rather than reality, is a dangerous undertaking. -Elizabeth Warren

Wikipedians believe (and I do, too) that bits, being abstract, will outlast paper. -James Gleick

I never use nature as a starting point. I never abstract from nature; I never consciously think of nature when I paint. -Adolph Gottlieb

Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world. -Joel Sternfeld

The job of the color photographer is to provide some level of abstraction that can take the image out of the daily. -Joel Sternfeld

I have been writing fairy tales for as long as I can remember. Not much has changed in terms of my natural attraction to the narrative techniques of fairy tales. My appreciation of them in the traditional stories has deepened, especially of flat and unadorned language, intuitive logic, abstraction, and everyday magic. -Kate Bernheimer

I'd like to explore the more abstract side of people's minds, as opposed to the usual sitcom stuff. I don't want to do the typical sitcom-type humor. I'd want to do stuff like go bowling with pineapples. -Harland Williams

The spirit of an age may be best expressed in the abstract ideal arts, for the spirit itself is abstract and ideal. -Oscar Wilde

Nothing, indeed, is more dangerous to the young artist than any conception of ideal beauty: he is constantly led by it either into weak prettiness or lifeless abstraction: whereas to touch the ideal at all, you must not strip it of vitality. -Oscar Wilde

The most significant moment in the course of intellectual development, which gives birth to the purely human forms of practical and abstract intelligence, occurs when speech and practical activity, two previously completely independent lines of development, converge. -Lev Vygotsky

I would admit that poetry is something more than mere communication and that if that 'something more' could be abstracted from the whole, it might well prove to be that which makes the whole a poem. -Louis MacNeice

When you make a painting, even abstract, there is always a sort of necessary filling-in. -Marcel Duchamp

Painter after painter, since the beginning of the century, has tended toward abstraction. First, the Impressionists simplified the landscape in terms of color, and then the Fauves simplified it again by adding distortion, which, for some reason, is a characteristic of our century. -Marcel Duchamp

In the 'Nude Descending a Staircase,' I wanted to create a static image of movement: movement is an abstraction, a deduction articulated within the painting, without our knowing if a real person is or isn't descending an equally real staircase. -Marcel Duchamp

Man is alone everywhere. But the solitude of the Mexican, under the great stone night of the high plateau that is still inhabited by insatiable gods, is very different from that of the North American, who wanders in an abstract world of machines, fellow citizens and moral precepts. -Octavio Paz

A big practice in chaos magic is the use of sigils, which are abstract words or symbols you create and embed with your wishes. -Sophia Amoruso

The tools used by economists to analyze business firms are too abstract and speculative to offer any guidance to entrepreneurs and managers in their constant struggle to bring novel products to consumers at low cost. -Ronald Coase

I create art. It's kinda abstract. -ASAP Ferg

I have a hard time with abstractions. I always go to the personal. -Janet Fitch

My thoughts about God are vague and abstract. My connection with the energy of the universe is shaky. -Janet Fitch

The source of so much of my anxiety in life and the tensions in my relationship is my anxiety about my kid. It's all very abstract and unfounded and ungrounded. -Lisa Cholodenko

The word war itself has a kind of glazing abstraction to it that conjures up bombs and bullets and so on, whereas my goal is to try to, so much as I can, capture the heart and the stomach and the back of the throat of readers who can lie in bed at night and participate in a story. -Tim O'Brien

I personally don't care for abstract art. I have always felt, 'To each his own.' There's art out there for everybody. -Howard Terpning

The truth is, the difference between a studio photographer and a photojournalist is the same as the difference between a political cartoonist and an abstract painter; the only thing the two have in common is the blank page. The jobs entail different talents and different desires. -Lynsey Addario

I started with things that I was troubled by or confused by or interested in, and then I wrote stories to try to puzzle my way through it. But the question is not how to represent war, because it's an abstract thing that's felt differently for all the characters. -Phil Klay

The narrative oftentimes is that everything that comes out of the hood is 'real,' and so I thought, 'I'll base it on the absurd, the not real. I'll twist the idea of real on its head and see if I can get away with it. I'll make paintings that come not from a place but through an abstract gaze.' -Mark Bradford

My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Reflection is only a partial understanding of truth if it does not translate itself in practice into commitments to the common good and justice. Truth is not mere abstraction but something to be done and is only apprehended when this is realized. -Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Let us note that art – even on an abstract level – has never been confined to 'idea'; art has always been the 'realized' expression of equilibrium. -Piet Mondrian

Just as pure abstract art is not dogmatic, neither is it decorative. -Piet Mondrian

Through the very culture of representation through form, we have come to see that the abstract – like the mathematical – is actually expressed in and through all things, although not determinately. -Piet Mondrian

I began as a naturalistic painter. Very quickly I felt the urgent need for a more concise form of expression and an economy of means. I never stopped progressing toward abstraction. -Piet Mondrian

To move the picture into our surroundings and give it real existence has been my ideal since I came to abstract painting. -Piet Mondrian

The meaning of words has become so blurred by past usage that 'abstract' is identified with 'vague' and 'unreal,' and 'inwardness' with a sort of traditional beatitude… The conception of the word 'plastic' has also been limited by individual interpretations. -Piet Mondrian

My colleagues and I have gone in the footsteps of our predecessors since the very first day we were called by our people to care for their future. We went any place, we looked for any avenue, we made any effort to bring about negotiations between Israel and its neighbors, negotiations without which peace remains an abstract desire. -Menachem Begin

First you learn the value of abstraction, then you learn the cost of abstraction, then you're ready to engineer. -Kent Beck

Living in Beijing, writing about politically sensitive things now and then, you get used to the idea that somebody, somewhere, might be watching. But it is usually an abstract threat. -Evan Osnos

I think very abstractly when I'm writing. Then, as the project moves on, it becomes more like sculpting. -James Horner

I'm fascinated by how much has changed from one generation to another. There are young people growing up now for whom apartheid is just a distant memory and the idea of military service is an abstract notion. -Damon Galgut

Developing Christlike attributes in our lives is not an easy task, especially when we move away from generalities and abstractions and begin to deal with real life. The test comes in practicing what we proclaim. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I've always written about people who have very abstracted in a certain way. I write about scientists and artists and musicians. I write about people who live in their heads who are very obsessed about a certain set of details in the physical world. -Andrea Barrett

ArcGIS is an integrated Web GIS that is supported by services. These are abstracted in a geoinformation model that's managed by the portal, and then accessible by a number of apps, which are the growing part of this system. -Jack Dangermond

Plane geometry is sort of the key course where you learn about proving things and abstraction. -Sheldon Lee Glashow

Historians of European royalty have written of the king's 'two bodies' : one mortal and corrupt; the other divine, abstract and timeless. -Stacey D'Erasmo

Sometimes, we use the term 'growth' as a number and sometimes as an abstraction, but the underlying implication is always that, if the country grows at a certain rate, at the end there will be a pot of gold for everyone. -Jamshyd Godrej

The language of film is further and further away from the language of theater and is closer to music. It's abstract but still narrative. -Emmanuel Lubezki

Animals represent the abstract notion of acceptance. Living with these funny creatures – you kind of have to accept them. It's like a test in a way. -Shaun Tan

The most important lesson to take away from allowing the minimum wage and unemployment benefit data to talk is that abstract notions of what is right, good and just should be examined from a concrete, operational point of view. A dose of reality is most edifying. -Steve Hanke

Science fiction in particular is often assumed to be about the future, or about some abstract technological or philosophical idea, or just about 'adventure,' but writers can't build worlds out of nothing. We use bits and pieces of the real world to assemble our fictional ones. -Ann Leckie

I'm a fan of genre in the abstract, but at best, perhaps all we can really say when we talk about genre is that we're talking about an umbrella that covers a kind of story with certain elements. -Greg Rucka

The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself, and has its own abstract truth and value. -Ada Lovelace

American government did not originate in any abstract theories about liberty and equality, but in the actual experience gained by generation after generation of English colonists in managing their own political affairs. The Revolution did not make a breach in the continuity of their institutional life. -Charles A. Beard

I have this very abstract idea in my head. I wouldn't even want to call it stand-up, because stand-up conjures in one's mind a comedian with a microphone standing onstage under a spotlight telling jokes to an audience. The direction I'm going in is eventually, you won't know if it's a joke or not. -Garry Shandling

The Supreme Court has crafted doctrines such as 'fair use,' which permits copying materials for criticism, parody, and transformative uses, and has ruled that abstract ideas are not subject to copyright, because courts will not punish people for merely using an abstract concept in speech. -Marvin Ammori

Modern art, in particular, seems especially vulnerable to fraud. Its abstractions are sometimes difficult to understand or grasp, and a modern painting is often loved less because of its intrinsic quality – its beauty, as conventionally understood – than because of the identity of the painter, its mark of social status. -Peter Landesman

I couldn't be Susan Sontag. I'm not very good with abstract thought. I always just take to the emotional core of me. -Sally Mann

Not all paintings are abstract; they're not all Jackson Pollock. There's value in a photograph of a man alone on a boat at sea, and there is value in painting of a man alone on a boat at sea. In the painting, the painting has more freedom to express an idea, more latitude in being able to elicit certain emotion. -Aaron Sorkin

Although the theory of relativity makes the greatest of demands on the ability for abstract thought, still it fulfills the traditional requirements of science insofar as it permits a division of the world into subject and object (observer and observed) and, hence, a clear formulation of the law of causality. -Werner Heisenberg

Calling a book 'young adult' is only important in that it can help get a book to the right reader. After that, it's a useless abstraction and should be discarded. -Eliot Schrefer

Arab civilizations had been of an abstract nature, moral and intellectual rather than applied; and their lack of public spirit made their excellent private qualities futile. They were fortunate in their epoch: Europe had fallen barbarous; and the memory of Greek and Latin learning was fading from men's minds. -T. E. Lawrence

You have to have the time to feel sorry for yourself in order to be a good abstract expressionist. -Robert Rauschenberg

One of the things I like about music is it's an abstract art, totally abstract, where you can convey an emotion, which I find amazing. -Bernard Sumner

I tend to think in images and feelings rather than non-abstract concepts. -Bernard Sumner

I try to sort of make myself emotional in the moment when I'm writing, and that always translates better. When I'm writing, I can't do abstract. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

The artist must ask you to think of the world in a different way, and sometimes it's a more abstract way; sometimes it's a completely different kind of colouring. -William Lipscomb

When I write a book, characters come to life for me somewhere at the back of my head. I strive to make them flesh and blood in an abstract way, in words. -Jhumpa Lahiri

I think about the structure, sure. I think about what's going to happen, and how it's going to happen, and the pace. But I think if I stop to think about it in an abstract sense, I feel very daunted. I just try to enter into the story and feel my way through it. It's a very murky, intuitive way of going about it. -Jhumpa Lahiri

Success is a completely abstract thing – it has no bearing on daily life, family matters, the matter of artistic creation, but it can affect grace, and if I lose that, I really have gained nothing from success. -Rachel Kushner

I am sure I was an evolutionist in the abstract, or by the quality and complexion of my mind, before I read Darwin, but to become an evolutionist in the concrete, and accept the doctrine of the animal origin of man, has not for me been an easy matter. -John Burroughs

Whitman was Emerson translated from the abstract into the concrete. -John Burroughs

America used to be proud of abstraction, and we have fallen away from it. The future depends on people trying to promote that abstract thinking. Not just in relation to music and jazz and the arts, but the economy, social strife, tension between people. -Jason Moran

I don't want any of my records to sound like one style throughout. That's why I choose different grooves and songs: tunes that are sensitive and slow as well as pieces that are abstract and fast. The approach I want to take with my records is to give the listener a variety of grooves, concepts, and composers. -Jason Moran

Are we, as humans, gaining any insight on how to talk about ourselves and how something as abstract as a Charlie Parker record gets us into a dialogue about our emotions and our thoughts? Sometimes we lose sight that the music has a wider context. So I want to continue those dialogues. Those are the things I want to foster. -Jason Moran

I'm drawn to silhouettes because of their emblematic rather than their illustrational quality. I see them as shapes, allowing an image to become an abstraction and for pure painting to take place. -Donald Baechler

I did take some value out of looking at the extreme simplicity of implementation that the tight resource limits required. I do feel that modern games are often abstracted a lot more than is really necessary, and it leads to robustness issues. -John Carmack

We live on a planet of limited resources – an abstract notion for some of the world's population, but for many of the poorest and most vulnerable, those limits are all too real. -David Harewood

For me, what is political is very personal. Politics are not this abstract idea. Laws are the rules that dictate how we live our lives. What we eat is political. How we dress is political. Where we live is political. All of these things are influenced by political decision-making, and it's important to be part of the process. -Kerry Washington

If you live in a democracy, it's very tiring to be always surrounded by great and high abstract generalisations which are, in fact, the most banal and naive cliches dug out of second-rate movements of the late 19th century. -John Ralston Saul

Idealism is no good. Any concrete dedication to an abstract condition results in unpleasant things like wars. -Thomas Pynchon

Where I'm at in my relationship with my wife or my family and life in general, I feel like it all comes out in the music. Hopefully, it's always there, but in an ambiguous and abstract way and not real straightforward. -Dierks Bentley

Music is very abstract. When we talk about music, we're not discussing the music itself but rather how we react to it. -Daniel Barenboim

A typical leader has – a natural tendency is to be defensive in the face of a crisis. The first reaction is to blame someone – or something – else. Often, the blame is aimed at something abstract or non-controllable, which often has nothing to do with the crisis but is adjacent to whatever is going on, so it's an easy target. -Brad Feld

The city – as the theater of experience, the refuge, the hiding place – has, in turn, been replaced by an abstraction, the fast lane. In the fast lane, the passive observer reduces everything – streets, people, rock lyrics, headlines – to landscape. Every night holds magical promises of renewal. But burnout is inevitable, like some law of physics. -Darryl Pinckney

Music is a physical expression that has a physical impact upon the listener. Sound travels in waves through the air. This is not abstract. This is scientific fact. And it makes physical contact with the eardrum… and with the heart… and with the rest of the body. -Kurt Elling

Those who incline to very strictly utilitarian views may perhaps feel that the peculiar powers of the Analytical Engine bear upon questions of abstract and speculative science rather than upon those involving everyday and ordinary human interests. -Ada Lovelace

Movement is expressive. I've never denied that. I don't think there's such a thing as abstract dance. -Merce Cunningham

It's not that prison makes you shed your abstract notions. On the contrary, it pares them down to their most succinct articulations. Prison is, indeed, a translation of your metaphysics, ethics, sense of history and whatnot into the compact terms of your daily deportment. -Joseph Brodsky

We're living in a high-tech world. So much of our stimulus and entertainment comes from things that are quite abstract and disembodied. -Katherine Dunn

The Internet is just an abstract place. Sure, I've become part of that in some way, but it's hard for me to wrap my head around a lot of it. I prefer just to kind of stay out of it. -Ryan Gosling

Clothes are only completed when somebody actually wears them. If they were art, they could be more abstract. As long as something is new and has never been seen before, I don't mind if people call it art. Wear them if you dare. -Rei Kawakubo

I grew up in the '90s and remember the lyrics back then were so abstract and open to interpretation. That always drove me crazy. -Jens Lekman

My aim is for every song to have a purpose – for you to be able to say, 'This song is about this.' But love and heartbreak are some of the most abstract subjects. -Jens Lekman

I think a lot of my anxieties and fears are things that are very abstract. -Jens Lekman

Thinking of Internet chat rooms or AIM as a kind – there's such an intimacy and honesty to tapping on your phone, despite how quick people are to damn digital means of communication as emotionless or too abstract. -Liv Bruce

Patriotism is not an abstract concept. It begins from one's own home. It buds out from the love for one's parents, spouses and children, the love for one's own home, village and workplace, and further develops into the love for one's country and fellow people. -Kim Jong-un

I believe it is my job to do everything I can so that everyone in our society feels safe, feels that justice is not an abstract concept but a fact of life for all Americans. -Kimberly Guilfoyle

The violent quarrel between the abstractionists and the surrealists seems to me quite unnecessary. All good art has contained both abstract and surrealist elements, just as it has contained both classical and romantic elements – order and surprise, intellect and imagination, conscious and unconscious. -Henry Moore

Experts are able to identify patterns related to a specific problem relevant to their area of knowledge. But because nonexperts lack that base of knowledge, they are forced to rely more on their brain's ability for abstraction rather than specificity. -Naveen Jain

As for my own music, I've never written a book about it. I'm not pedagogical… When I write an abstract piano sonata or a concerto, I write what I feel. I'm not a self-conscious composer. -Samuel Barber

I think that the idea of a war on an abstract noun is unacceptable. -Hamza Yusuf

I'm endlessly intrigued by stories, and I love helping someone to formulate his or her story. I can drift off when I'm reading pure abstraction, but the narratives of human lives hold my attention every time. -Andrew Solomon

The way in which people talk about climate is just so wonky and so abstract and such a boys' club that it makes a lot of women just roll their eyes or feel that they are somehow not qualified. I certainly had to fight that feeling in myself in order to write about it. -Naomi Klein

I attended seminars where many social issues were discussed abstractly, outside the pressures of an immediate situation, and there I developed certain attitudes which permitted me to face the real thing when it came along. -James A. Michener

Cinema is not a series of abstract ideas, but rather the phrasing of moments. -Jean-Luc Godard

I never experienced much outright anti-Semitism. While we learned about the Holocaust – endlessly, it felt like – no spray-painted swastika ever appeared on my childhood landscape. Jewish persecution was an ever-looming reality, but always an abstract one. -Laura Moser

Everybody just wants to appreciate time as it's passing, to be in the moment. It's the hardest thing to do. You're either in the unknown future that you're working toward, or you're in the past that becomes a little abstract. -Richard Linklater

The good thing I will say about the Chicago School is that it was always about the world, not about the abstract. -Richard Thaler

It's difficult in the abstract to appreciate that those with morally objectionable viewpoints can still be good people. -J. D. Vance

Musical composition, about which I know little, is a complicated art, and some contemporary music may be the equivalent of a complex abstract painting. -Derek Walcott

I write what I write in the way that I write it. I'm not being abstract, you know. I'm talking about something that, you know, is a part of my life. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

When people hear the term 'political prisoner,' especially on the Left, it becomes a kind of abstraction. Folks are aware of injustice, and they're aware that there are folks in prison who are in prison, you know, largely because of their activism. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

Balanchine was just able to strike the balance between literal narrative and abstract dance. -Justin Peck

I make my songs slightly abstract so that people can interpret them their own way. I think that's a lot more special, so you can hear a song and think, 'I feel exactly that way,' even if it wasn't written for that feeling. -Eliot Sumner

I don't like the word 'abstractions' very much because most people don't think in abstractions. That is too difficult for them. They think in stories. And the best stories are not abstract; they are concrete. -Yuval Noah Harari

Popular music was this abstraction – an abstraction that I was relating to immensely but was ultimately far away. -Kelela

Across a range of inferences involving not just language but mathematics, logic problems, and spatial reasoning, sleep has been shown to enhance the formation and understanding of abstract relations, so much so that people often wake having solved a problem that was unsolvable the night before. -Daniel Levitin

I'm a teacher, so much of what I'm doing remains in the abstract. But I also support a lot of educational initiatives that support kids to really get out there and work hard in their communities. But I also think that we need poets in our country to inspire. -Maya Soetoro-Ng

Voice work is fun. But about three-quarters of the things you enjoy about acting are just not there. You're not working with another actor; you're not working with an audience. You're just working with a bunch of writers and a microphone. It's very abstract. -John Lithgow

An artist is always thinking of something else. My father was like that. He had this feeling of abstraction, and I do, too. -John Lithgow

The idea of being Treasury secretary in the abstract appealed to me, but my initial inclination was that it wasn't right for me to take that step. -Henry Paulson

Americans are willing to cheer on politicians who denounce bureaucratic overreach and job-killing red tape in abstract terms. But they turn out to like specific regulations against toxic chemicals in their drinking water. -Charles C. Mann

Much has been written about Trump's style of speech, which linguists have said is often unintelligible yet deeply compelling. Orwell's famous 1946 essay, 'Politics and the English Language,' centers on the use of abstract words, often by politicians, to obscure reality. -Elizabeth Flock

I think I'm just generally more interested in figuration than abstraction. I think that painting abstraction often feels like painting colors to me, whereas portraits always feel like something connected. I like the exchange, the collaborative aspect of sitter and subject for sure. -Hilton Als

I quite like the idea – just as an abstract idea – of 12 people's collective life experience and wisdom being this formidable thing. People say juries can be led – I think 12 people from different backgrounds, different races, different genders, different ages, it's hard to hoodwink. -Peter Morgan

A lot of my books have started with an abstract premise. -Colson Whitehead

Being design-led means designers take ideas from the abstract to the concrete, from potential to real value. -Jens Martin Skibsted

My stories often begin with a situation or character rather than an insight about the human condition. It's always been difficult for me to write from an abstract idea, no matter how interesting or compelling I feel the idea might be. -Karl Iagnemma

A lot of my work is about text taken to the point of abstraction. -Glenn Ligon

I admire artists who really take risks and aren't afraid to do smaller movies and obscure, abstract things. It would be really cool if my career neared that. -Britne Oldford

I'm so fond of abstract design in the style of Vanderbilt and David Hicks and that whole 1970s era. They took the 1930s and gave it a bit of technicolour. -Jenny Packham

I never talk about my money! It is interesting how awkward it is to talk about it, even though I talk about it in the abstract every day. -Sallie Krawcheck

I loathe when architects only analyze architecture in intellectual, nonvisual ways. I really love direct response, and that's very pop. I don't want to discuss abstract transparencies with a bunch of kooks. -Peter Marino

People in the tech community may not like politics because it seems less interesting or less pure than what they're doing. But you see the result of not caring about politics. This is no longer an abstract problem. -Brian Schatz

'Austerity' is a real weasel word because it's an attempt to make something value-based and abstract out of something which, in reality, consists simply of spending cuts. -John Lanchester

Fires and floods, we're hardwired to accept them or at least file them under Bad Things Happening. But there's something so abstract and so modern about a bank making a technical mistake about how it funded its obligations to depositors, and suddenly you're out of work. -John Lanchester

There are things that I don't like to talk about directly. There are relationships that I am in and have been in that I've written about in a slightly more abstract way, talking about how it affected me but not so much dealing with the other people involved. -Kate Leth

My work is not about paint. It's about paint at the service of something else. It is not about gooey, chest-beating, macho '50s abstraction that allows paint to sit up on the surface as subject matter about paint. -Kehinde Wiley

The best thing you can say about libertarians is that because their views derive from abstract theory, they tend to be highly principled and rigorous in their logic. -Jacob Weisberg

It's great being an actor and being part of a play or a film where there's usually quite a big group of people who are collaborating, and your job is really to fit in and share that energy. With music, because I write the songs, it's a broader, more abstract process. -Johnny Flynn

I think the two are kind of synonymous for me; songwriting is like my form of diary making. It's how I process the world. Without doing that, I feel kind of lost. The characters that I play often come out in the songs and the challenges that they face, albeit in an abstract way. -Johnny Flynn

While massive datasets may feel very abstract, they are intricately linked to physical place and human culture. And places, like people, have their own individual character and grain. -Kate Crawford

People who have grown up in a world where this was not a concern and suddenly start hearing about climate change – it's very difficult. It's a very, very abstract concept. So we need to work on making it very educational and very, very clear, in very simple terms. -Patricia Espinosa

I always knew the French had a penchant for criticism and abstract thought. Usually, that just meant they complained a lot. -Pamela Druckerman

I think, for a lot of people, men or women, it's easy to have things not affect you because, it doesn't affect you. So to be a better ally, you have to look at it as if it's someone you know instead of this abstract person you've never met. -Jonathan Van Ness

One of the core values of the startup world is that you must have a list of core values. Like all abstract ideas, they're easy to dream up and tricky to implement. -Neil Blumenthal

For some members of the radical Left, particularly in the West, people in developing countries are an ideological abstraction, on whom fantasies of liberation are projected from a comfortable distance. -Amitava Kumar

I don't like to move abstract theoretical policies that, on a white paper, sound good. If I wanted to do that, I'd be a professor. -Kevin de Leon

As you try to tweak your sleep one way or the other, you might be, you might be doing great – you might do better at remembering details of an event, but you might end up being poorer at abstracting the gist or the rules associated with it. -Matthew Walker

I have enormous affection for Bill Simmons and not just in an abstract way but a very specific way. -Chris Connelly

I don't think it's physically possible for little kids to know what abstract thought is. -Pete Docter

'Europe '72' was a super influential record full of fantastic songs and amazing experimental musicianship. I always valued both of those aspects in what Sonic Youth has done through the years – being able to get very abstract and very concrete within the same song. -Lee Ranaldo

I'm very interested in the distance and the space between those two poles: very concrete, song-based stuff on the one hand and very improvisational, abstract stuff on the other. I don't see any reason music should exclude one or the other, and I think the pairing of them together makes for very interesting music in a lot of ways. -Lee Ranaldo

I always make a point to make my records different. Let's say I have a record that's influenced by hip-hop in an abstract way; for the next record, I'd try not to do that. They are all connected in a personal way but it's important not to repeat myself, because then I can always learn something about myself through my work. -Arca

Every time we watch a little story play out inside our head, we're fantasizing, whether we realize it or not, and it seems to me that, though succumbing to fantasies about other people can be dangerous or self-defeating, the act of fantasizing itself is also an essential part of being human, of being capable of both abstraction and empathy. -Kim Brooks

Bjork has this kind of abstraction and formalism that you associate with art music or avant-garde music. -David Longstreth

Dirty Projectors has always been a band that's been card-carrying modernists in terms of pushing different kinds of abstraction to the fore and trying to take them to the center of the culture or something like that. -David Longstreth

I don't know why you'd want to say your work comes from nature, because art is related to perception, not nature. All abstract artists try to tell you that what they do comes from nature, and I'm always trying to tell you that what I do is completely abstract. We're both saying something we want to be true. -Roy Lichtenstein

I don't think that my art isn't serious. I think the subjects are not serious, or my treatments of the subjects are not serious. But then, I'm also putting down subject, because like the abstract expressionists, I don't think the subject is important. -Roy Lichtenstein

When I started to do these Pop paintings seriously, I used all these other paintings – the abstract ones – as mats. I was painting in the bedroom, and I put them on the floor so I wouldn't get paint on the floor. They got destroyed. -Roy Lichtenstein

At Union Securities, I threw myself into my work with the discipline and commitment that I had always demonstrated in employment and only rarely displayed in school. Years later, I would come to appreciate, abstractly, the importance of productive activity to the mind and soul of both an individual and a nation. -William E. Simon

I still remember the realization in college at Flinders University in Australia that mathematics was not just an abstract game of symbols but could be used as a tool to analyze and understand the modern world. -Terence Tao

Just because I try to read a lot of stuff doesn't mean I can fully conceptualize all of these intense, big, abstract ideas. -James Ransone

It's so hard to do the right thing with a pen and a piece of paper and a set of abstract thoughts. -Sue Perkins

In a clown, we see what we do that makes us laugh and cry. I kept the white face, the tradition of the Pierrot. My clown became a romantic and stylized figure. I wanted to be an abstract and concrete figure, a symbol of humanity. -Marcel Marceau

People like abstract art because it makes them feel clever. -James Acaster

My job is to return abstraction to the people: in a sense, to popularize it without lowering the bar, which is a lot easier said than done. -Sean Scully

At best, a 100-day measurement of a new presidency is a meaningless abstraction. At worst, it's an invite to cheap politicking at the expense of the common good. -Matt Gaetz

The idea of being published was such an abstract thing in the beginning. It wasn't even an option in my mind. -Anna Todd

We are not a single-issue party that puts abstract policy ahead of the working lives of people. We are not bitter, frightened xenophobes. -Anthony Albanese

Music is so abstract; it is a combination of words and melody. -Shankar Mahadevan

I don't think that photorealism is required to offer emotions. You can have very abstract characters and renderings offering the same type of emotions – look at Pixar movies: they're not photorealistic; they're stylised, and it doesn't prevent emotion from happening. -David Cage

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