Quotes from Art and Poetry by Jacques Maritain

Reviewing books can be time consuming and sometimes I am just not in the right mental space to do so no matter how much I want to. This is why I do not write reviews for all of the books that I read, but I really want to create more space for the books that I read, including those I have not reviewed, on my blog.

From now on, I am going to create posts solely dedicated for quotes—which I have not done for quite a long time—from the books I have read that I really like, resonates with me and/or really makes me ponder. Even a single line can mean so much and I believe in the importance even just a single or few lines can carry.

And today, I am sharing quotes from my recent read, Art and Poetry by Jacques Maritain. Jacques Maritain is a French philosopher. I have not heard of him prior to discovering this book on Scribd and this is my first read from him. To know more about Art and Poetry, you can check it here.

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Metaphysics pursues essences and definitions, poetry every form glittering by the way, every reflection of an invisible order. The one isolates mystery in order to know it, the other, through the harmonies it constructs, handles and makes use of mystery like an unknown force…

Jacques Maritain, Art and Poetry

The essential question is not to know if a novelist can or cannot paint a particular aspect of evil. The essential question is to know at what height he places himself to make this painting, and if his heart and his art are pure enough, and strong enough, to make it without connivance.

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Really now; would the character exist if he did not live in his author, and his author in him?

Jacques Maritain, Art and Poetry

And art is the flower and perfection of this world.

Jacques Maritain, Art and Poetry

Hardly does a man hold to a truth without taking advantage of it to scorn the other truth…

Jacques Maritain, Art and Poetry

In the hollow of humility a painter meditates and gazes, he sees the vines that God has made, the olives, the nettle trees, the bulls, the unicorns—the moors and skies of Brittany—and the labors and movements, captured in slow-motion, of men whom God also made…

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Where if not in musical creation could be found a better image of the creation of a world?

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And no more than the flow of time is music in itself limited and closed. Why should the song stop? Why should a musical work ever finish?

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It is understandable that there are grounds for hesitation. When the heart is not rich in powerful constellations, when it is not a universe in itself capable of holding its own before the universe, then the ravages of the spirit will be merely destructive and devouring, there will be nothing other than destruction.

Jacques Maritain, Art and Poetry

It is in music that poetry had its best chance. It sought with more sensitive antennae; it touched several times what can hardly be seized.

Jacques Maritain, Art and Poetry

The rhythm beats like the heart of the great night, with a vital inexorable necessity; the song traverses, envelops this night like a gaze that is contained by nothing, like a love that makes the law, that is the law. 

Jacques Maritain, Art and Poetry
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I hope you enjoyed reading and/or these quotes helped you, even just a little bit, in determining whether if this book is worth checking out or picking up for you.

And Happy Holidays! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying some good books this holiday. 🎄💖

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Have you read Art and Poetry? Are you familiar with Jacques Maritain? Did you like the quotes? Share your thoughts below!

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