Posted by: amygdala | October 19, 2009

simplified and lucid image of the world

“One of the strongest motives that lead persons to art or science
is a flight from the everyday life. With this negative motive
goes a positive one. Man seeks to form for himself, in whatever
manner is suitable for him, a simplified and lucid image of the
world, and so to overcome the world of experience by striving to
replace it to some extent by this image. This is what the
painter does, and the poet, the speculative philosopher, the
natural scientist, each in his own way. Into this image and its
formation, he places the center of gravity of his emotional life,
in order to attain the peace and serenity that he cannot find
within the narrow confines of swirling personal experience.”

– Albert Einstein

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