Seven Illustrated Quotes: Art and Writing

Quotations excite the mind and inspire the heart!


The Creativity buzz has been running rampant up and down the halls of my house of late. One cool idea begets yet another. A seventh blog has been created as a place to house all those wonderful quotations we writers adore. (Beautiful Illustrated Quotations)


As I scoured the web for yet more quotes like any good quotation junkie I was struck with how the sites displayed as visually dull and uninspiring. Quotations excite the mind and inspire the heart! “Where are those images to enhance their meaning?” I asked inside my own mind.

So, “Hold onto your hat!” as the saying goes to explain a whirlwind on the way, whether figuratively or real weather, this visual quotation hub looks like it will turn into a series!

Painting and Poetry

I’m rather partial to painting and poetry. There are not as many of this type of quote floating around in cyberspace. This is the now decided beginning point for a different style of presenting awesome quotations.

Now that I’ve built you up let’s hope you are not disappointed…

Featured persons are: Leonardo Da Vinci, Henry Ward Beecher, Marcel Proust, Dorothea Lange, Louis Nizer, David Deida and Dame Edna Everage.

Artist vs. Technician

What they all discuss deeply is the artist vs. a technician. Many people can master a technique yet lack originality. Why not? Because they have not dug down deeply enough inside themselves to the heart level. Too many people are afraid of what they will find.

Writing Poetry

Some writers think it’s wrong to journal sad poetry. My attitude? Live out loud, people! Human beings experience a full range of emotions; express them all. Just try not to get stuck in one emotion for too long a period as it can stifle your creativity.

All of these quoted talk about how to see the world and the self with new eyes. Those new eyes become engaged to the Creativity Muse. Art is born!

My Muse Guy

Before I leave you for the visual treat below, here is one of my recently posted poems to consider in harmony with this piece. For the jaded writers out there just think of this as filler so HubPages will be satisfied this hub contains enough words!

For those who normally would not go to read a poem perhaps it will be more simpatico paired with these quotes about art and writing. Hopefully, everything here will help jumpstart your creativity or gently nudge you past some writer’s block.

This little poem has a touch of humor in keeping with the other voices quoted. My muse guy is quite noisy and insistent, a real slave driver at times. Some of you can identify for sure!

Dreaming Words

Warm comfortable drifting

Toggling between this waking world

And the world of dreams symbolic


Sheets, those delicious summer skimmers

Glide as bodies turn side to side in repose






Softly the growing silence

Easily falling down to fade


*Wake up!*

Comes an unwelcome startling voice

Eyes closed

Face grimaces a frown

*Wake up!* voice insistent, repeats


Ascending the dark stairway of knowledge

Rubbing my inner mind's eye

Flinging open the huge door to light

Asking *What?!*


About to fall teetering backward

Into the comforting quiet dark


*Write it down*

*Now? It's the middle of the night!*


Aware it's a losing battle

Dutifully returning to the waking world of dark

Reaching out, fingers fumbling for bedside notebook and pen

Scribbling on lines overrun from hands half asleep

Too large is the messy handwriting

Next morning tough to decipher


Words tumble down onto paper out of the inner dark

That vast library of knowledge, universal to all

Opening the heavy tall thick door

Written words enter, marching out onto now

The waking world bathed still in eerie moonlight


Fulfilled the bleary-eyed scribe's task

Tumble backward to welcoming sleep

Covers pulled high over weary, oh, so tired, body


Descending the long narrow stairway











The loving library of inner knowledge

Infinity to yet explore

Artifacts of knowing to drag home

And leave quietly on some welcoming doorstep


Dip your imagination into this landscape!

Photo by Terence J Sullivan @ flickr
Photo by Terence J Sullivan @ flickr

From: Henry Ward Beecher

Every artist dips his brush

in his own soul,

and paints his own nature

into his pictures.

Can you see through glass in a painterly way?

Photo by merlinprincesse @ flickr
Photo by merlinprincesse @ flickr

Black and white images are their own poetry

Photo by Terence J Sullivan @ flickr
Photo by Terence J Sullivan @ flickr

From: Leonardo Da Vinci

Painting is poetry

that is seen

rather than felt,

and poetry

is painting

that is felt

rather than seen.

Fisherman in China against backdrop of low moon

Photo by johey24 @ flickr
Photo by johey24 @ flickr

Let your thoughts ascend

Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr
Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr

From: Marcel Proust

The real voyage of discovery consists

not in seeking new lands

but seeing with new eyes.

Squinting to see better into the far distance

Photo by left-hand @ flickr
Photo by left-hand @ flickr

Hold all my calls! You asked for it! :)

Photo by furry scaly @ flickr
Photo by furry scaly @ flickr

From: Dame Edna Everage

Never be afraid to laugh at yourself,

after all,

you could be missing out on

the joke of the century.

Now that's a real belly laugh!

Photo by marfis 75 @ flickr
Photo by marfis 75 @ flickr

Fire in the sky with cross

Photo by Steve Kelley aka mudpig @ flickr
Photo by Steve Kelley aka mudpig @ flickr

From: Dorothea Lange

The camera is an instrument

that teaches people

how to see




Cosmic imagination

NASA solar winds photo modified by Image Editor @ flickr
NASA solar winds photo modified by Image Editor @ flickr

Where leaders of our ancient past sought wisdom, Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Photo by wili_hybrid @ flickr
Photo by wili_hybrid @ flickr

From: Louis Nizer

A man who works with his hands is a laborer;

a man who works with his hands

and his mind

is a craftsman;


a man who works with his hands,

his mind

and his heart

is an artist.

Parking our thoughts off the cosmic ocean

Photo by Tambako the Jaguar @ flickr
Photo by Tambako the Jaguar @ flickr

Ocean meditation

Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr
Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr

From: David Deida

Everything you experience

and do in your life

is like a ripple

on the surface

of a boundless openness

of who you are.

Yin and Yang in balance as One energy

Photo by @ flickr
Photo by @ flickr

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Join me over at my general musings, humor and poetry blog:  The Social Poets

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations - art photos paired with quotations to enhance meaning and give mind refreshment at the end of a long day!

Visual Insights - photography, mine and other flickr friends, abstract art from flickr friends and some of mine too!


Other hubs about Quotations:

Ten Illustrated Quotes: Humor

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Comments are always welcome! You need not be a member to leave comments 18 comments

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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Wow! What a great hub, Denny. Thanks. I loved the poem, especially the image of the "bleary eyed scribe". And the pic/quotes section is outa sight. Great job. Keep em comin'!

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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Author

Wow! Just came back from lunch and 21 people have already read this, cool!

Thanks for your visit, Bruce; your comment is so funny!

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Julie-Ann Amos 7 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

lovely hub thanks!

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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Author

Hi, Julie-Ann, thanks for stopping by for a visit, glad you enjoyed!

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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Love your pictures. Absolutely wonderful!

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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Author

Hi, einron, glad you enjoyed the beauty, thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

loved it too...the black and white "Images are their own poetry"  was my favorite...and you poem was good too...reminds me of myself...I wake up at weird hours with a poem running through my foggy sleepie head and it sounds so good to me...I try to write it down from the light of the t.v. (yes I have one in my bedroom) AND FEEL SATISFIED I GOT IT. (the poem I mean) to wake up and can't even find the paper... lost and crumbled in my bed...Nice job my dear...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

Sara Wehr 7 years ago

I thought the solar winds pic was extrememly interesting. Did anyone else notice it's resemblance to an angel surrounding the Earth? The heron pic was beautiful, as were each of the other's in their own way.

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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Author

Hi, Sara, glad you could join us! The solar winds photo looked a lot like spiritual man to me and is why I chose it; you to observed the same!

We need to get you writing over here, girl! For those that don't know Sara is a wonderful fiction writer and outstanding poet...

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

I also love quotes and have a small collection of them. I really like these lines "The loving library of inner knowledge Infinity to yet explore" it is so true there is so much wisdom within us yet to be discovered. I also liked the Da Vinci quote about poetry and painting. That Chinese fisherman image was spell bounding. Thumbs up for a fantastic hub.

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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Author

Hi, countrywomen,thanks for the compliment on the poem - every now and then something profound slips out, don't ya think?

Thanks for stopping by, O fellow artistic soul... My faves too!

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Great Hub, great images, geat words. Thanks Denny!

Love and peace,


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Clara Ghomes 7 years ago

What a beautiful hub :) Awesome job..

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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Author

Hi, tony, thanks for your kind and supportive words, much appreciated - thanks for stopping by for a visit too!

Hi, Clara, glad you enjoyed as the idea was to refresh and inspire fellow writers and artists since things are so gloomy right now around the globe. Thanks for your kind visit!

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Ok.  I didn't know I was in the presence of a master!  Hey, we kind of did the same thing up there, with the voice and the talking back.  OOOOoooooOOOOoooo.  Your talent is off the charts.  Thanks for putting me on your poetry blog, I left a comment there too, but it's a great site.  You must write non-stop to put out such a volume of high quality work!

I'm going to check out all of your blogs.  I'll be linking to you to on my blog next time I go there (maybe tonight) but I wan't to check out your other blogs too.

There's so much more to say about this hub. It's great. Great quotes, great photo's, great, great, great!

P.S.  When I found out you were a girl, your grade went up.

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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Author

Hi, Christoph, thanks for the visit! I do so enjoy your cheeky self, rock on!

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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Nice pictures,Thanks for sharing

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7hands 5 years ago from Australia

nice hub, i really liked your quote about artist vs technician, i find myself on this journey now to find to develop the 'artist' part more. Thank you!

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