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Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art, 1882
Art is a method of opening up areas of feeling rather than merely an illustration of an object. A picture should be a recreation of an event rather than an illustration of an object. But there is no tension in the pictures unless there is a struggle with the object. Francis Bacon, cited The Art of Francis Bacon
There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life; for let the form of an object be what it may – light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. John Constable
I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible, and therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects. Piet Mondrian
Ask yourself what those objects do to your life just because they are there. James Burke, Connections: The Trigger Effect s1e1, BBC 1978
The things we take for granted have gone way beyond the ability of any one individual to understand in a lifetime. The things around us, the man-made inventions we provide ourselves with, are like a vast network, each part of which is inter-dependent with all the others. ibid.
Hence, even in the domain of natural science the aid of the experimental method becomes indispensable whenever the problem set is the analysis of transient and impermanent phenomena, and not merely the observation of persistent and relatively constant objects. Wilhelm Wundt
The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy. William Wilberforce
It is certain that the inanimate objects by which you are surrounded have a direct action on the brain. Jules Verne
The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity ... The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. Samuel Johnson
Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources. Herbert Spencer
Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost. Russell Baker
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. Thomas Carlyle
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves. Carl Gustav Jung
‘I am a woman. And this is a bridge. And despite our vast differences we are very much in love.’ Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower, object-sexual, 2009
‘He [bridge] and I can never be truly intimate.’ ibid.
One of just forty people in the world who call themselves objectum-sexuals, people who have sexual relationships with objects. ibid.
They also give them names depending on their gender. ibid.
‘I want your fluids.’ ibid. woman in love with fairground ride
‘I’m definitely physically attracted to this fence.’ ibid. other woman
‘All objects are treated equally from the minute to the gigantic. Each gets thee same level of care and attention.’ Secrets of the Museum s2e2: Epic Iran, museum dude
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. Pliny the Younger, The Letters of the Younger Pliny