„Recently I have felt just what the mood of colors means to me: it means that everything in this picture changes its local color according to the same principle and that thereby all muted tones blend in a unified relationship, one to the other.“

— Paula Modersohn-Becker, excerpt of her Journal, Worpswede, 24 July 1898; as quoted in Voicing our visions, – Writings by women artists; ed. Mara R. Witzling, Universe New York, 1991, p. 197
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— Frances Wright American activist 1795 - 1852
Context: There is, in the institutions of this country, one principle, which, had they no other excellence, would secure to them the preference over those of all other countries. I mean — and some devout patriots will start — I mean the principle of change. I have used a word to which is attached an obnoxious meaning. Speak of change, and the world is in alarm. And yet where do we not see change? What is there in the physical world but change? And what would there be in the moral world without change?

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„What color is in a picture, enthusiasm is in life.“

— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

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„I am searching for a tone, which we call 'colored grey'. I mean that all colors, even the strongest, can be brought together in such a way as to give the impression of a warm, vital grey. (translation from the Dutch original: Fons Heijnsbroek)“

— Gerard Bilders painter from the Netherlands 1838 - 1865
version in original Dutch / citaat van Bilders' brief, in het Nederlands: Ik zoek naar een toon, die wij gekleurd-grijs noemen; dat is alle kleuren, hoé sterk ook, zoodanig tot één geheel gebragt, dat ze de indruk geven van een geurig, warm grijs. Quote from Gerard Bilders' letter (July 1860) to his maecenas , as cited by Victorine Hefting, in Jongkinds's Universe; Henri Scrépel, Paris, 1976, p. 18-19

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Context: What I mean by the Principle of Oneness is this: That we must learn to realize that there's nothing separate or apart. That everything is part of everything else. That there's nothing above us, or below us, or around us. All is inherent within us. Like Jesus said, "The Kingdom is Within." Tape recording to Joe Romersa (1992)

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