„If I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it - keep going, keep going come what may.“
— Vincent Van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
Context: I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
Context: Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. Winter, 1931-1932
„Allahee... Allah-hee... Allah-hee.... I continued to raise the pitch. When I opened my eyes I asked them: Is this haraam? I am calling the God. I am thinking of him. I am searching for Him. Why do you call my search haraam?“
— Bismillah Khan Indian musician 1916 - 2006
In reply to the Shia Maulvis in Iran who were arguing with him that Music should be banned, he sang the song in Raag Bhairavi and posed a question to them to which they had no answer.
„What I am searching for... is some formula that would combine individual initiative with universal values, and that combination would give us a truly organic form.“
— Herbert Read English anarchist, poet, and critic of literature and art 1893 - 1968
Context: What I am searching for... is some formula that would combine individual initiative with universal values, and that combination would give us a truly organic form. Form, which we discover in nature by analysis, is obstinately mathematical in its manifestations—which is to say that creation in art requires thought and deliberation. But this is not to say that form can be reduced to a formula. In every work of art it must be re-created, but that too is true of every work of nature. Art differs from nature not in its organic form, but in its human origins: in the fact that it is not God or a machine that makes a work of art, but an individual with his instincts and intuitions, with his sensibility and his mind, searching relentlessly for the perfection that is neither in mind nor in nature, but in the unknown. I do not mean this in an other-worldly sense, only that the form of the flower is unknown to the seed. The Origins of Art (1966)
— Piet Mondrian Peintre Néerlandais 1872 - 1944
Quote of P. Mondrian, 1919-20; as cited in Gedurende een wandeling van buiten naar de stad. Dialoog en Trialoog over de Nieuwe Beelding, ed. H. Henkels; Haags Gemeentemuseum Den Haag 1986, p. 28
— Alfred Stieglitz American photographer 1864 - 1946
in: 'Alfred Stieglitz' Photo notes, August 1946, p. 65
„My ancestors were Brahmins. They spent their lives in search of god. I am spending my life in search of man.“
— Muhammad Iqbál Urdu poet and leader of the Pakistan Movement 1877 - 1938
Educational Thinkers http://books.google.com/books?id=O6Fp2zaQVVMC&pg=PA151&dq=Muhammad+Iqbal+Brahmin&hl=en&ei=hJQaTKPPKMewcfnqzIEK&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Muhammad%20Iqbal%20Brahmin&f=false
„Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.“
— Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
„I presume the reason for this gathering is that all of us here — Muslims, Jews, Christians — all are searching our souls for how to better serve our family, our community, our nation, our God.
I know I am. Searching, I mean.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
Context: I presume the reason for this gathering is that all of us here — Muslims, Jews, Christians — all are searching our souls for how to better serve our family, our community, our nation, our God. I know I am. Searching, I mean. And that, I suppose, is what led me here, too. Yes, it's odd, having a rock star here — but maybe it's odder for me than for you. You see, I avoided religious people most of my life. Maybe it had something to do with having a father who was Protestant and a mother who was Catholic in a country where the line between the two was, quite literally, a battle line. Where the line between church and state was... well, a little blurry, and hard to see.
„I am alone on the earth, face to face with the mud, and I can no longer move. The frightful searching of the shells alights around me. The hoarse hurricane which does not know me is yet trying to find the place where I am!
Then the battle goes away, and its departure is heartrending. In spite of all my efforts, the noise of the firing fades and I am alone; the wind blows and I am naked.“
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
— Mike Oldfield English musician, multi-instrumentalist 1953
— Ashleigh Brilliant American author and cartoonist 1933