Image Quotes

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art. - Salvador Dali

 

Nowadays people's visual imagination is so much more sophisticated, so much more developed, particularly in young people, that now you can make an image which just slightly suggests something, they can make of it what they will. - Robert Doisneau

 

The reign of imagagology begins where history ends. - Milan Kundera

 

We operate with nothing but things which do not exist, with lines, planes, bodies, atoms, divisible time, divisible space -- how should explanation even be possible when we first make everything into an image, into our own image! - Friedrich Nietzsche

 

The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship. Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images. - Camille Paglia

 

Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it. - Susan Sontag

 

My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing. It's about making the best kind of image I can make, it's about talking as clearly as I can.-Jim Dine

 

My hair got lighter, and I gradually went blonde. I liked it. Had more fun. But my image of myself in my head is this dark-haired person.-Lisa Kudrow

 

We always thought the Tom Tom Club could change to anything, but it acquired this image, which was cartoon animation and this real light-hearted dance music.-Tina Weymouth

 

Even the Beatles found it hard to escape their image; they were trapped by it.-Tina Weymouth

 

A lot of actors get concerned about their own image, even going so far as to rewrite a movie to best serve that image. All I want to do is be in good movies.-Michael Douglas

 

An image has stuck for most of my career and it isn't flattering.-Robbie Fowler

 

If I can't get a mental image from the song, I won't sing it.-Namie Amuro

 

The world is a living image of God.-Tommaso Campanella

 

Nothing is stranger to man than his own image.-Karel Capek

 

The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling as the one which exists only in the mind's eye.-Shana Alexander

 

Other people's perspective, just seeing the sexy image, might be that I take my sexuality very seriously. But I really don't. I like being sexy. It's fun, and I have had a nice little career off it.-Carmen Electra

 

Not taboo - it's just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd - they're movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting.-Ang Lee

 

To be completely stripped bare of any image power or my hair. To step onstage and get the response that I got blew any problems I had about self-image out the door.-Melissa Etheridge

 

Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined by scientific developments. And they have become decisive for our image of reality.-Thom Mayne

 

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.-Charles W. Chesnutt

 

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.-George Bancroft

 

This whole fuss did not only damage Fischer's image, but that of the USA as well. The way the Americans treated one of their most popular citizens did not make a positive impression worldwide.-Anatoly Karpov

 

TV gives everyone an image, but radio gives birth to a million images in a million brains.-Peggy Noonan

 

Now, we used to say we put on our tights to put on the world. So I don't think it tarnishes the image at all.-Burt Ward

 

The Church as a divine society possess an internal principle of life which is capable of assimilating the most diverse materials and imprinting her own image upon them.-Christopher Dawson

 

It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous.-Ian Mckellen

 

Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death.-Karen Armstrong

 

For example, the opposition between acute and grave phonemes has the capacity to suggest an image of bright and dark, of pointed and rounded, of thin and thick, of light and heavy, etc.-Roman Jakobson

 

The first moments of sleep are an image of death; a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the "I," under another form, continues the task of existence.-Gerard De Nerval

 

I think the world is very much embracing this whole concept of musicians going out and playing their instruments and playing music for music as opposed to music that has something to do with some form of image or imagery.-Les Claypool

 

In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man's dreams, man's illness, man's redemption from the misery of poverty - poverty which can no longer be for him a sign of the acceptance of life.-Salvatore Quasimodo

 

The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue.-Salvatore Quasimodo

 

Therefore, when we arrive in a place and talk to new people about a new image, it is very hard for them to visualize it. That's where the drawings are very important, because at least we can show a projection of what we believe it will look like.-Christo

 

We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.-Angela Merkel

 

As bad as it might be to destroy a creature made in God's image, it might be very much worse to be creating them after images of one's own.-Leon Kass

 

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.-Roland Barthes

 

If she has a good, strong, reliable father image, which is hard to find these days, that will be her image of men, probably for the rest of her life. She'll look for a husband who embodies those qualities.-Robert Johnson

 

Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula.-Roland Barthes

 

The photographic image... is a message without a code.-Roland Barthes

 

A lot of the songs start with an image. I was sitting there playing the guitar and I pictured this old, dirty green car, with the window rolled down, in the hot, hot, hot Texas heat, and this beautiful woman I knew when I was a kid sitting behind the wheel, looking out at me.-Edie Brickell

 

I go wild on a stage. Some folks have measured us an image. They pretend us to be saints. And that image is much tougher to keep up with. Because that's not who we are.-Donnie Wahlberg

 

It's not hard to keep up the image we chose. It's not hard to stay yourselves.-Donnie Wahlberg

 

You're just playing, playing, playing, and then an image or something will come into your mind, and basically you're just narrating it with music, letting it move along.-Edie Brickell

 

Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.-Jeremy Taylor

 

I wanted to give readers the feeling of knowing the characters, a mental image.-Michael Chabon

 

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.-Gaston Bachelard

 

I watched children dying. That will be the image that will stay with me.-Ian Botham

 

Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.-Jean Genet

 

When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.-Anne Lamott

 

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.-Joan Didion

 

Men create the gods in their own image.-Xenophanes

 

Maybe I'm too masculine. Casting directors cast in their own, or an idealized image. Maybe I don't look like anybody's ideal.-Charles Bronson

 

My thoughts will be taken up with the future or the past, with what is to come or what has been. Of the present there is necessarily no image.-William Godwin

 

Today, only 2 percent of the people know the name of someone serving in uniform. That means 2 percent of your listeners can actually conjure up the image of someone wearing the uniform of the military of the United States.-Oliver North

 

A book begins with an image or character or situation that I care about deeply.-Danielle Steel

 

I became hooked on the idea of being able to shoot an image and process it myself, and end up with a product.-Leonard Nimoy

 

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

 

I can hear you and I can watch your mouth move, and then I put together the sounds and the visual image, and I can understand the words as I integrate the two signals.-Marlee Matlin

 

I'm drawing the gossip surrounding the celebrity, or the image the celebrity tries to push on us.-Hilary Duff

 

Israel's willingness to cooperate closely with the U.S. in protecting American interests in the region altered her image in the eyes of many officials in Washington.-Yitzhak Rabin

 

I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That's like fighting with ghosts.-Sally Field

 

I never want to turn something down because I'm afraid to do it, because of some idea of image or whatever. That was never anything I set out to do. In fact, the opposite, I always want to confuse people in terms of any kind of image and be unpredictable in any kind of movie I make.-Christian Bale

 

Love begins with an image; lust with a sensation.-Mason Cooley

 

Make it new is the message not just of modern art but of modern consumerism, of which modern art is largely a mirror image.-Christopher Lasch

 

There it is again. Image. Once again. I get really tired of it quick.-Phil Anselmo

 
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