„Art must unquestionably have a social value; that is, as a potential means of communication it must be addressed, and in comprehensible terms, to the understanding of mankind.“

—  Rockwell Kent, It's Me O Lord: The Autobiography of Rockwell Kent (1955)
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„It is the things of the spirit, the arts of the country, which have always led mankind forward, and it is to this spirit that the craftsmen of the world must lend themselves.“

—  Aileen Osborn Webb American patron of the arts 1892 - 1979
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„We move from part to whole and back again, and in that dance of comprehension, in that amazing circle of understanding, we come alive to meaning, to value, and to vision“

—  Ken Wilber American writer and public speaker 1949
Context: We move from part to whole and back again, and in that dance of comprehension, in that amazing circle of understanding, we come alive to meaning, to value, and to vision: the very circle of understanding guides our way, weaving together the pieces, healing the fractures, mending the torn and tortured fragments, lighting the way ahead — this extraordinary movement from part to whole and back again, with healing the hallmark of each and every step, and grace the tender reward.

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„The speaker must choose a comprehensible [verständlich] expression so that speaker and hearer can understand one another.“

—  Jürgen Habermas German sociologist and philosopher 1929
Habermas (1979) cited in: Werner Ulrich (1983) Critical heuristics of social planning. p. 123

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„Art that means anything in the life of a community must bear some relation to current interpretations of the mystery of the universe. Our rigid separation of the humanities and the sciences has temporarily left our art stranded or stammering and incoherent.“

—  Dora Russell author, feminist, socialist campaigner 1894 - 1986
Context: Art that means anything in the life of a community must bear some relation to current interpretations of the mystery of the universe. Our rigid separation of the humanities and the sciences has temporarily left our art stranded or stammering and incoherent. Both art and science ought to be blended in our early education of our children's emotions and powers of observation, and that harmony carried forward in later education. Ch. V, p. 235

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„A genuine work of art must mean many things; the truer its art, the more things it will mean.“

—  George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
Context: "Suppose my child ask me what the fairytale means, what am I to say?" If you do not know what it means, what is easier than to say so? If you do see a meaning in it, there it is for you to give him. A genuine work of art must mean many things; the truer its art, the more things it will mean. If my drawing, on the other hand, is so far from being a work of art that it needs THIS IS A HORSE written under it, what can it matter that neither you nor your child should know what it means? It is there not so much to convey a meaning as to wake a meaning. If it do not even wake an interest, throw it aside. A meaning may be there, but it is not for you. If, again, you do not know a horse when you see it, the name written under it will not serve you much.

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„Russia must realise its full potential in high-tech sectors such as modern energy technology, transport and communications, space and aircraft building.“

—  Vladímir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952
Annual Address to the Federal Assembly http://kremlin.ru/eng/speeches/2006/05/10/1823_type70029type82912_105566.shtml, May 10, 2006

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