fantastic words and where to find them

Aljoscha Blau: Moby Dick

All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. [Herman Melville, Moby Dick; or, The Whale]

Aljoscha Blau: Moby Dick

All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. [Herman Melville, Moby Dick; or, The Whale]

Lucian Freud: Naked Man with Rat
Viktor Vasnetsov: Sirin and Alkonost- The Birds of Joy and Sorrow

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid. [Johann Wolfgang von Gio]

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”

—   Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes
Lucian Freud: Horse Smiling

And, since the model he faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture, since the picture is going to be there on its own, it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model.

Lucian Freud: Horse Smiling

And, since the model he faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture, since the picture is going to be there on its own, it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model.

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Alphonse Mucha- inspired Art Nouveau tattoo (probably by Clockwork Needle), picture by calexico7

Alphonse Mucha- inspired Art Nouveau tattoo (probably by Clockwork Needle), picture by calexico7

Thalia Flora-Karavia: Man smoking

Thalia Flora-Karavia: Man smoking

Ernst Haeckel: Kunstformen der Natur

Pablo Picasso: Embrace

A Well-dressed Man
His charm
will disarm;
his smile,
in style;
his fashion,
in passion;
his words,
his flirt,
his tie
from his shirt,
to my wrists-
his kiss!
his kiss!
his kiss!
[Lang Leav]