Tuesday, February 09, 2010

original illustration from:
Howard Pyle's Book Of Pirates 1921

We learn more by looking for the answer

to a question and not finding it,

than we do learning the answer itself.


Lloyd Alexander

30 comments:

California Girl said...

I think I've read versions of this idea from other philosopher/thinker/writer types. It makes sense.

Anil P said...

Not finding the answer turns us into philosophers of the moment, and few things bring as much pleasure.

sharlene said...

Hey- I like that guy in the picture. Resembles someone I once knew : )
I love you Big Bro

mike said...

Not finding the answer usually is good as it makes us think deeper. And as we think deeper, we can become our own philisophers. But dont forget to have a cup of espresso coffee around.

subby said...

"The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that which we are ignorant."~~Plato

Coffee Messiah said...

cg: After what I went through at work yesterday, the collage is the end result ; (

anil p: I've often wonder why so many miss that point?

shar: I inserted that 4 U! ; )

mike: Sound advice, and Thanks 4 stopping by!

subT: Ain't it the truth ; (

maggie's garden said...

Your collage is fabulous! Just love it. You are so very talented. I've been secretly stalking your blog for some time now... and enjoy it. Really liked your video of the Ill Galena to Chicago trip amongst all the other fun stuff. Thanks for the good things you bring to the blog realm.
And thanks for popping in at my place. Your comment meant a lot to me. Thanks.
see ya later,
karen

maggie's garden said...

P.S....care to share your technique on collage?

Terrill Welch said...

I know this quote to be true in all aspects of living but it is particularly important for me to remember as an artist, photographer and writer. One of my figure drawing teachers was fond of saying things like: "It is the shoulder or wrist you struggle to draw that teaches you the anatomy of an arm."

Thank you for the reminder:)

subby said...

@ Terrill, Lessing once quoted, "In the long way from the eye through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost!"

Coffee Messiah said...

karen: Hey Thanks and for leaving a calling card.
Er, not sure what to say? If you ask anything more specific, I'd be glad to answer. Mine aren't so good though ; (

terrill: Thanks for stopping by! Sent a note back.

Simstone said...

Luv that picture CM. Nice mix of colors.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

True, and sometimes the question is more interesting than the answer anyhow... Pyle is one of my favorite from the golden age of illustration. Love how you played with his work. -J

mouse (aka kimy) said...

lloyd is definitely on to something!

pyle it on coffee!

Who Is Tim Burton? said...

Hi! C.M.,
Nice collage...Oh yes, I see that you are even included in the...voyage.
How apropos is Ryunosuke Satoro, quote and your collage.
Lloyd Alexander's quote...Is so very true!

Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Coffee Messiah said...

simstone: Hey, Thanks!

h-h: Thanks, and seeing some of your costumes, I certainly understand why.

mouse: )

dd: Hello and Thanks for stopping by!

Anil P said...

Maybe because few bother with the joy of wondering anymore. Maybe it has to do with answers available at fingertips.

Sam Juliano said...

"What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly." Lao Tzu

Lovely statement of finding the beauty in the life cycle, and in th econcept of resurgence and resurrection.

One of your most exquisite collages here; you are the integration master.


Michael: I engaged yesterday in a friendly argument about Starbucks coffee, which I find way too bitter. I've long preferred Dunkin Donuts, but as of late that even seems unsatisfying. What's the answer! Ha!

layers said...

another great collage.. and the quote certainly makes you think--- in a circular way..
and thank you for the link to the Ray Johnson write up-- have not seen it before.

Coffee Messiah said...

anil p: I believe you're right. TV has taken the place of real life for many ; (

sam: Thanks and although I agree with you, about SB, but not DD, everyone has different tastes so, to each their own. I will be sending an email to you in a bit. Thanks for stopping by!

layers: Thanks, and I thought it was amazing to see that exhibit across the world for him, after all these years ; )

Stephen said...

I completely agree with this great quote, Coffee Messiah!

Do you do all these collages yourself? They're great.

Coffee Messiah said...

Stephen: Thanks and yes, all with my blog name on them, are indeed my own.

Candie Bracci said...

That's true!Nice work!

grrl + dog said...

OK, then, here's mine?

Where is my waist???

Coffee Messiah said...

candie: Thanks for stopping by.

grrl: Er, sorry, can't help you there ; )

lettuce said...

well i think it may be true
but its sometimes a little annoying

:-)

Coffee Messiah said...

lettuce: Oh yes, just a little.

Café P11 said...

I think you are in picture :)

Coffee Messiah said...

cafe p: Ya caught me......

ArtSparker said...

There are only temporary answers to all the rally big questions, I think.