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Corita Kent Quotes

November 20, 1918 - September 18, 1986

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Artist Corita Kent, member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was known as Sister Corita or Sister Mary Corita. She combined sacred and activist ideas with her silk screen for popular art and posters in the 1960s. Fellow artist Ben Shahn described her as a "joyful revolutionary." She designed the 1985 "Love" stamp, reportedly the best-selling postage stamp in history.

Selected Corita Kent Quotations

• Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.

• Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

• Maybe we are less than our dreams, but that less would make us more than some Gods would dream of.

• Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is "to fit together" and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating - whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.

• That's why people listen to music or look at paintings. To get in touch with that wholeness.

• A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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