Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy.
— Søren Kierkegaard

Why do I paint? Because I see things beautifully. I hope you understand what I mean. It’s beautiful out there… you also have to paint beautifully to get that [beauty].  You have to connect things, you have to simplify, you have to expand. It’s all painting.
Lennart Anderson 

We are too much for ourselves – in our hungers and our desires, in our griefs and our commitments, in our loves and our hates – because we are unable to include so much of what we feel in the picture we have of ourselves. The whole idea of ourselves as excessive exposes how determined we are to have the wrong picture of what we are like, of how fanatically ignorant we are about ourselves.
On Balance, Adam Phillips