Words of encouragement from Black Mountain College artists and educators, from constructive to inspirational to abstract. http://bit.ly/218d3MD
  1. "Don't fight forces, use them." - Buckminster Fuller
  2. "Our world goes to pieces. We have to rebuild our world." - Anni Albers
  3. "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey
  4. "When you put a seed in the ground, it doesn't stop growing after eight hours. It keeps going every minute that it's in the earth. We, too, need to keep growing every moment of every day that we are on this earth." - Ruth Asawa
  5. "If you don't have trouble paying the rent, you have trouble doing something else; one needs just a certain amount of trouble." - Robert Rauschenberg
  6. "We need not destroy the past. It is gone." - John Cage
  7. "Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes." - John Dewey
  8. "Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable." - Buckminster Fuller
  9. "Creating. Is the most intense excitement one can come to know." - Anni Albers
  10. "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." - John Cage
  11. "All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves." - Willem de Kooning
  12. "A thing is never seen as it really is." - Josef Albers
  13. "I don't mess around with my subconscious." - Robert Rauschenberg
  14. "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." - Buckminster Fuller
  15. "I want to give an example from my lessons: you drink wine for the first time. Please don't judge, but drink many wines, study them and probably then if you are looking for words to describe a wine you will see that you can't find them." - Josef Albers
  16. "The only way to do it is to do it." - Merce Cunningham
  17. "I am happy to have some friends here in the kitchen." - Charles Olson
  18. "Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another." - John Dewey
  19. "Falling is one of the ways of moving." - Merce Cunningham
  20. "Wholeness is not a Utopian dream, it is something that we once possessed and now seem largely to have lost, or to say it less pessimistically, seem to have lost were it not for our inner sense of direction which still reminds us that something is wrong here because we know of something that is right." - Anni Albers
  21. "The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action." - John Dewey
  22. "I'm trying to climb up both walls at once." - Charles Olson
  23. "Art is spirit and spirit is eternal." - Josef Albers