„I made the flags and targets to open men's eyes.... [they] were both things - which are seen and not looked at - examined.“

—  Jasper Johns, John's own comment on his exhibition of the 'Flag, Target and Number' paintings in 1958

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„The things I haven't seen with my own eyes are for me unknown.“

—  Eugène Fromentin French painter 1820 - 1876
Quote of Fromentin, as cited by Sarah Anderson in Between Sea and Sahara: An Orientalist Adventure, Eugène Fromentin, (1859) - in 'Preface'; transl. Blake Robinson; publisher I.B. Tauris 2004, p. 21

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„An open mind is really a mark of foolishness, like an open mouth. Mouths and minds were made to shut; they were made to open only in order to shut.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Original quote: For my friend said that he opened his intellect as the sun opens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever. The Extraordinary Cabman, one of many essays collected in Tremendous Trifles (1909)

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