Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers Quotes

18 of the best book quotes from Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
“Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”
“Even at the most austere level of material existence, we still live in a world of things.”
“Is the plant complete when it flowers? When it goes to seed? When the seeds sprout? When everything turns into compost?”
“As dusk approaches in the hinterlands, a traveler ponders shelter for the night. He notices tall rushes growing everywhere, so he bundles an armful together as they stand in the field, and knots them at the top. Presto, a living grass hut. The next morning, before embarking on another day’s journey, he unknots the rushes and presto, the hut de-constructs, disappears, and becomes a virtually indistinguishable part of the larger field of rushes once again. The original wilderness seems to be restored, but minute traces of the shelter remain. A slight twist or bend in a reed here and there. There is also the memory of the hut in the mind of the traveler — and in the mind of the reader reading this description. Wabi-sabi, in its purest, most idealized form, is precisely about these delicate traces, this faint evidence, at the borders of nothingness.”
“Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry.”
“Things wabi-sabi have no need for the reassurance of status or the validation of market culture. They have no need for documentation of provenance.”
“When does something’s destiny finally come to fruition?”
“Things are either devolving toward, or evolving from, nothingness.”
“Wabi-sabi is ambivalent about separating beauty from non-beauty or ugliness.”
“Just as it is important to know when to make choices, it is also important to know when not to make choices: to let things be.”
“Wabi-sabi-ness in no way depends on knowledge of the creator’s background or personality. In fact, it is best if the creator is no distinction, invisible, or anonymous.”
“In other words, wabi-sabi tells us to stop our preoccupation with success--wealth, status, power, and luxury--and enjoy the unencumbered life.”
“Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.”
“Wabi-sabi means treading lightly on the planet and knowing how to appreciate whatever is encountered, no matter how trifling, whenever it is encountered.”
“Obviously, leading the simple wabi-sabi life requires some effort and will and also some tough decisions.”
“Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view.”

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