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“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”   Franklin D. Roosevelt

Musings: In Brief…  Piet Mondrian – Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red,

Musings: In Brief… Blinky Palermo – Staircase 1979 @ Tate Museum

“There is a brief moment when all there is in a man’s mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.” Yousuf Karsh

There are times when our spirit urges us to be still, or silent, or even brief… I don’t know what triggers that sensation but when it descends, it is like a satisfying meal or the magic of a minimalist painting…

“Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.”  Euripides

Musings: In Brief… Frank Stella – Harran II

Musings: In Brief… Tony Smith – Freeride Sculpture

“Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.”  George Santayana

Musings: In Brief… Elsworth Kelly – The Meschers

Musings: In Brief… Jo Baer – Sex Symbol @ MOMA

“I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world’s shortest speech. He said I will be so brief I have already finished, and he sat down.” Gene Fowler

“Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.” Caecilius Statius

Musings: In Brief… Josef Albers – Homage to the Square

Musings: In Brief… Sol LeWitt – Untitled Lithograph

“When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.” Anna Pavlova

Consider the beautiful works and thought-provoking quotes presented above and below… Enjoy! More below! 🙂

“But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.” Muhammad Iqbal

Musings: In Brief… Kazimir Malevich – Black Square

Musings: In Brief… Robert Mangold – X within X Orange

It is my hope that during my brief passage through this universe, that I may share with you the joy of hearing the music of the stars… knowing that the composer was from a distant place and the songs were written eons ago, which now fall gently on this place for all to hear. Richard H. Baker

“It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.” Horace

Musings: In Brief… Mark Rothko – No 61

Musings: In Brief… John McCracken – Oil on Canvas

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
Theodor Adorno
All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.”  Elizabeth Bowen

Musings: In Brief…  Marcel Duchamp – Large Glass

Musings: In Brief… Richard Serra – The Matter of Time

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods. Arthur Schopenhauer

“Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.”  Jean Rostand

Musings: In Brief… Barnett Newman – Voice of Fire

Musings: In Brief… Brice Marden – Vine

I want to make a summing up, brief and to the point, but thorough. I have never suppressed a word in my books out of regard for other people and their prejudices. John Henry Mackay

What are your thoughts? Are you left wordless at times? Do you wish to be brief or work at being brief? What are your triggers? How did you handle those moments of silence? Do share! Thank you. 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: When the urge arises, be brief. Retreat and Respond calmly.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All photos Piet Mondrian, Frank Stella, Elsworth Kelly, Josef Albers, Kazimir Malevich, John McCracken, Mark Rothko, Blinky Palermo, Jo Baer, Sol LeWitt, Tony Smith, Marcel Duchamp, Barnett Newman, Richard Serra, Brice Marden, via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

52 Comments leave one →
  1. 04/05/2012 12:04 am

    Mondrian! Hooray! Do a bit of this style myself!

  2. 04/05/2012 12:36 am

    I simply adore Your site.It is amazing what You do with words.Thank You kindly Elizabeth.Have a wonderful day!

    • 04/05/2012 9:47 pm

      TY for your kind words and patience. I’m slowly working my way down the alphabet to you… 🙂

  3. 04/05/2012 3:59 am

    It’s so hard to be brief and still accurate – I love the Roosevelt quotation particularly!

    • 04/05/2012 9:48 pm

      Yes, it’s a great quote… It inspired the post. TY! 🙂

  4. 04/05/2012 4:55 am

    Often I struggle with being brief. I’ll admit this. I love words and ideas and stories. Sometimes I try hard to cull words but often they remain unchanged. There are certain authors I’ve failed to read because of their wordiness. Perhaps if I live to be 90 I may see the need to shorten my pieces. Lovely job, as usual!

    • 04/05/2012 9:50 pm

      I love words too and tend to be long-winded… As a blogger, I know people have a short window and then must move on to the next one…
      I’m working on being succinct. TY! 🙂

  5. 04/05/2012 6:23 am

    Wonderfully rendered concept!

  6. 04/05/2012 6:42 am

    Brevity has never been one of my skills, unfortunately. Hence my articles are usually way too long!

    Conversly, I actually like silence. I enjoy silence.

    • 04/05/2012 9:51 pm

      I enjoy silence from time to time but overall I like to speak up. TY! 😉

      • 04/05/2012 11:11 pm

        🙂 😉 We know!

        And very happy about it we are too, otherwise you wouldn’t write such great articles!

  7. Bree permalink
    04/05/2012 7:02 am

    I’ll be brief and say excellent post! 😉

  8. 04/05/2012 7:13 am

    To be brief 😉 , you have some Interesting captions and pictures, here.

  9. 04/05/2012 8:09 am

    I love the interplay between brevity and modern art. Brilliant!

    • 24/05/2012 2:47 am

      TY Karen and I love it for similar reasons too. 😉

  10. 04/05/2012 9:01 am

    Great pairing, thanks for the walk through the gallery.

  11. 04/05/2012 10:55 am

    Beautiful and thought provoking both art and quotes. Great post!

  12. 04/05/2012 8:16 pm

    Truthful thoughts of life and its lessons. ““When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.” How I wish happiness can stay forever. In a way, we can embrace happiness for a longer period if we set our mind and heart to it. It also helps if we seek happiness that is more permanent . Something not measured by material wealth but rather of a soul that is at peace and contented. I’ve seen people who despite of having less, has so much more to give because their heart is full of joy and generosity. Thanks for sharing…

    • 24/05/2012 2:49 am

      Yes, happiness can be elusive especially to those who want to capture it and bury it in their cage. The key is to make peace with where we are, and that is hard to do. TY for your feedback. 😉

  13. 04/05/2012 10:14 pm

    What an interesting choice of photos to associate with being brief! I wouldn’t have pulled from Modern Art and yet it is a brilliant choice! I’m rarely brief, Elizabeth, but I’m working on becoming more and more concise…and resting with that! 🙂 Debra

    • 24/05/2012 2:51 am

      I’m seriously working on it too as I’m not so brief either. TY! 🙂

  14. 05/05/2012 2:22 am

    Love (most of) the art you’ve shared here.

  15. 05/05/2012 12:08 pm

    Veri interesting. Thanks for sharing

  16. 06/05/2012 11:12 am

    Loved that of time..
    Hope you’re enjoying Sunday:)

    • 24/05/2012 2:54 am

      Yes, I am and I hope you are enjoying yours too! TY! 🙂

  17. 07/05/2012 6:10 am

    I have an awful time trying to be brief. It’s an art form I hope to master eventually! 🙂

    • 24/05/2012 2:56 am

      You are not alone… I’m a work in progress. TY! 🙂

  18. 07/05/2012 5:29 pm

    I prefer brief. (Hopefully that answer is brief enough. (smile))

  19. 07/05/2012 7:25 pm

    Being brief is getting to the point and avoid confusions 🙂 Great post!

  20. 08/05/2012 5:07 am

    Good poets have mastered the art 🙂

    • 24/05/2012 2:58 am

      True and it is far more difficult than it appears. TY! 🙂

  21. 10/05/2012 3:40 pm

    I have to work at being brief, save in the rarest of circumstances. If someone’s done something horrible, I’m apt to be quiet as I decide whether or not it’s worth it to pursue conversation. If someone’s done something amazing, I’m apt to be silent as I contemplate in awe. Other than that, I like to write and talk. A lot. :p

    • 10/05/2012 3:47 pm

      I hear you! TY! I want to be brief as I do go on and on. In the blogging world, people want snippets I noticed not everything and the kitchen sink … which I tend to offer. 😆

    • 24/05/2012 2:59 am

      Yeah… welcome to the club! 😆

  22. 14/05/2012 7:56 am

    I liked this even though I really didn’t like it. Does that make sense? I just don’t get into abstract art or whatever it’s technical name is.

    • 24/05/2012 3:00 am

      Okay and I appreciate your honesty. It is modern art and a form referred to as minimalism… Some schools of thought don’t care for it but I love the clean lines and room for interpretation it offers. TY! 🙂


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