“I have always thought that to be a truly great artist one must first of all be a truly great person, not wholly the victim of the contemporary scene, but gifted with hope and vision for the future. As the role of science is to minimize the range of uncertainties, so I view the role of the arts as a charge to comprehend, interpret, and dramatize the certainties and their promise.
Where there is no vision the people perish. Science has enormously enlarged our vision, but it will become our common heritage only as it is made manifest by the creative artist.”
-Paul B. Sears, from Edge of Awareness
“The artist concerned to do nothing but express himself is not necessarily a criminal, but he shares that quality with the criminal.”
-Paul B. Sears quoting a French architect
“The first study of a man who wants to be a poet is his self-knowledge, complete; he looks for his own soul, he inspects it, he tests it, learns it. As soon as he knows it, he must cultivate it. That seems simple: in every mind a natural development takes place. So many egoists proclaim themselves authors; there are many others who attribute their intellectual progress to themselves! But the soul has to be made monstrous: after the fashion of the comprachicos, if you like! Imagine a man planting and cultivating warts on his face.”
“Behind every answer, they must see a question; behind every light, they must see a shadow.”