„Every artist's strictly illimitable country is himself.
An artist who plays that country false has committed suicide; and even a good lawyer cannot kill the dead. But a human being who's true to himself — whoever himself may be — is immortal; and all the atomic bombs of all the antiartists in spacetime will never civilize immortality.“

Re Ezra Pound (p. 69)
i : six nonlectures (1953)

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American poet 1894 - 1962

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„Every artist's strictly illimitable country is himself.“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

Re Ezra Pound (p. 69)
i : six nonlectures (1953)
Context: Every artist's strictly illimitable country is himself.
An artist who plays that country false has committed suicide; and even a good lawyer cannot kill the dead. But a human being who's true to himself — whoever himself may be — is immortal; and all the atomic bombs of all the antiartists in spacetime will never civilize immortality.

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„To himself every one is an immortal: he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

Ignorance of Death
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part XXIII - Death

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„An artist is someone who carries his center within himself. Whoever lacks such a center has to choose some particular leader and mediator outside of himself.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Ein Künstler ist, wer sein Centrum in sich selbst hat. Wem es da fehlt, der muss einen bestimmten Führer und Mittler ausser sich wählen.
“Ideas,” Lucinde and the Fragments, P. Firchow, trans. (1991), § 45

„A person who is going to commit an inhuman act invariably excuses himself to himself by saying, "I'm only human, after all."“

—  Sydney J. Harris American journalist 1917 - 1986

"Purely Personal Prejudices" http://books.google.com/books?id=DLcEAQAAIAAJ&q=%22A+person+who+is+going+to+commit+an+inhuman+act+invariably+excuses+himself++to+himself+by+saying+I'm+only+human+after+all%22&pg=PA232#v=onepage
Strictly Personal (1953)

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„The ordinary man puts up a struggle against all that is not himself, whereas it is against himself, in a limited but all-essential field, that the artist has to battle.“

—  André Malraux French novelist, art theorist and politician 1901 - 1976

Part III, Chapter III
Les voix du silence [Voices of Silence] (1951)

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„There is always an unconscious collaboration among artists.... the artist who imagine himself a Robinson Crusoe is either a primitive or a fool.“

—  William Baziotes American painter 1912 - 1963

from Baziote's text for a symposium in 1954; as quoted in William Baziotes – paintings and drawings, ed. Michael Preble, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 2004, p. 18
1950s

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„Who saves his country, saves himself, saves all things, and all things saved do bless him! Who lets his country die, lets all things die, dies himself ignobly, and all things dying curse him!“

—  Benjamin Harvey Hill American politician 1823 - 1882

Reported in Benjamin H. Hill, Jr., Senator Benjamin H. Hill of Georgia; His Life, Speeches and Writings (1893), epigraph, p. 594. From "Notes on the Situation", a series of articles appearing in the Chronicle and Sentinel, Atlanta, Georgia.

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„For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human; himself nature; part of nature within natural space.“

—  Paul Klee German Swiss painter 1879 - 1940

Klee's statement written in 1923, in 'Paths of the Study of Natura' (Wage dar Natur studiums), Paul Klee; in Yearbook of the Staatlich. Bauhaus, Weimar, 1919-1923, Bauhaus Verlag, Weimar, 1923
1921 - 1930

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„It is in front of the paper that the artist creates himself.“

—  Stéphane Mallarmé French Symbolist poet 1842 - 1898

Letter to Eugène Lefébure (February 1865), published in Selected Letters of Stéphane Mallarmé (1988), p. 48.
Observations

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„The artist works by locating the world in himself“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

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„When the country is occupied and the people are being killed by the enemy, everyone must take action, even if he sacrifices himself in so doing.“

—  Ahmed Sheikh Palestinian journalist 1949

On Palestinian suicide bombings.
Source: World Politics Watch http://www.worldpoliticswatch.com/article.aspx?id=395, 7 December 2006.

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„What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one…“

—  Federico Fellini Italian filmmaker 1920 - 1993

"Every Time We Say Goodbye" in Sight and Sound [London] ( June 1991)
Context: What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one... It’s this in-between that I’m calling a province, this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one — which is really the realm of the artist.

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