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Renaissance Quotes

We’ve collected the best Renaissance Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Abby Martin, Ali Smith, Jessica Chastain, Anne Meara, Jeremy Rifkin. Use them as an inspiration.

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I have a theory, now – that the whole of the Renaissance was peopled with girls dressed as boys so they could make art.
I’m either thought of as ethereal or fiery. And maybe that’s the interesting thing about red hair: there’s that fiery Renaissance connotation and the ethereal.
People never know what’s going on while it’s happening. You think, during the Renaissance, people called it ‘The Renaissance’?
Anne Meara
What I’m suggesting to you is that this could be a renaissance. We may be on the cusp of a future which could provide a tremendous leap forward for humanity.
The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.
Fencing is a funny sport. Competitive fencing is not really very applicable to the stage world unless you’re fighting with a rapier during the Renaissance, you know?
Kris Holden-Ried
America owed its military renaissance in the 1980s and 1990s to Vietnam. Veterans like Norman Schwartzkopf, Colin Powell, Alfred Grey, Charles Krulak, and Wesley Clark returned home angry and ashamed at their defeat and rebuilt all-volunteer, professional armed forces from the ground up.
Not much was really invented during the Renaissance, if you don’t count modern civilization.
The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
Memphis is a vibrant and diverse city that is on the verge of a Real Food renaissance. We are more than thrilled to be part of that movement by investing in the Crosstown and Shelby Farms Park developments.
The late 20th century had just enough communication abilities to allow superstar-ness and communality to happen. It was a musical renaissance that rivals the visual one that happened in the 1400s.
I believe in the Italy of municipalities, of the Renaissance, not in Mussolini‘s centralization.
While nothing is certain, I firmly believe our nation is on the verge of a nuclear energy renaissance.
I was determined to make Renaissance Man Food Services and Herschel’s Famous 34 major players in a very tough industry.
Keep in my mind my dad didn’t become a huge, huge mega actor until I was halfway through high school – so right around the time he’s going through his big renaissance is right when I’m starting to do my high school revolting.
I always wanted to be a renaissance woman, do as many things as I possibly can and hopefully do them well or don’t do them at all.
The plan was just to make great art, and working with Donald Glover, who is such a renaissance man, we’ve been working together for ten years, and he is always pushing the envelope in a way – like, whenever we work together, I have no idea what it is going to turn out to be.
A water route to Chinese trade replacing the long, arduous Silk Road was a great dream of the Renaissance.
Black History Month could focus less on slavery and civil rights and more on the Harlem Renaissance and everything we have achieved. I want to know about the whole black experience.
I think ‘renaissance woman’ is a really fancy way of saying that I’m scatter-brained and non-commital.
Danielle Colby
Florence is perhaps best known for being the seat of Renaissance art, and rightly so: A greatest-hits collection of artists passed through its streets – Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi among them.
I think it is safe to say, as a huge fan of music, that between 1967 and 1972 was the renaissance of rock music. That’s when all the forces combined together-the talent that was available and the freedom for the artists. The industry hadn’t become so gigantic.
Although I adore the Italian High Renaissance, I’d rather look at Mannerism. The former is ordered, integrated, otherworldly, and grandiose; it leaves you feeling hungry for something flawed and of-the-flesh.
Our approach to education has remained largely unchanged since the Renaissance: From middle school through college, most teaching is done by an instructor lecturing to a room full of students, only some of them paying attention.
Daphne Koller
I felt that needed to be addressed: the idea that anything a man tries to do properly or thoroughly is dismissed as either metrosexual or OCD. But why can’t you be practical and artistic at the same time, which was considered perfectly normal in the Renaissance?
If you see a Renaissance body, this is completely ugly in this time. Everybody has to be skinny. But the Renaissance body with incredible flow of the meat everywhere, it was beauty.
How I can be an active voice for gay people but also the music industry? This is the art we need right now. This is what we need right now. We’re in a renaissance, and we need people to rebel, come forth, and bring messages into art.
Our vision is to rediscover the spirit of the Renaissance, create a new discipline where engineering for cultural heritage is actually a symbol of blending art and science together.
Maurizio Seracini
The rise of the dramas in the thirteenth century, and the rise of the great novels in a later period, together with their frank glorification of love and the joys of life, may be called the Third Renaissance.
I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.
One of a handful of films made in Detroit, ‘8 Mile‘ doesn’t feature the Motown renaissance that Mayor Coleman A. Young dreamed of in the 1970s. Instead, it’s the beaten-down city: 8 Mile refers to the line of demarcation between Detroit and suburban, mostly white Oakland County.
I only know about a few things, but I am quite good at bluffing. There are a whole range of subjects, including the Renaissance, which I am prepared to sound expert on.
The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history.
We are a family of professionals, especially doctors. Thanks to my father, I got exposed to a whole lot of things. I call him a Renaissance man.
Lillete Dubey
We may affirm, then, that the main drift of the later Renaissance was away from a humanism that favored a free expansion toward a humanism that was in the highest degree disciplinary and selective.
A Deap Vally renaissance is going to begin next year and will be our focus for the start of 2013. They will blow the cobwebs off a music scene that has become just a little bit stale.
Compared with the rest of the Royal Family, Charles is a thoroughly Renaissance man, moved by beauty, music, and art in a way that largely passes his parents, his siblings, and his sons by.
I’m looking to evolve the concept of the new renaissance artist, taking the world by storm through the art of public display and demonstration, with technical savvy, using cell phones and computers.
Perry Farrell
If someone called and the role was good and there was dignity and integrity in the piece, I’d be up for it, of course I would. It’s so hard for older women in acting so when you hear of an older woman having a renaissance in their career, I really applaud it.
What we need in America is a renaissance. We need to go forward by going backward.
My hope is that ‘The New World Haggadah’ will open a new world for readers who will see our heritage through a multilingual prism. I wanted to feature medieval and renaissance authors, resistance in World War II, crypto-Jews and activists during the Dirty War in Latin America, songs of protest, and songs of hope.
The United States created the best popular songs that were ever written, and from the 1920s to the 1940s, it was a renaissance period. It stopped in 1950.
I was lucky enough to be a child during the renaissance of Australian children‘s literature, when people like Ivan Southall, Colin Thiele, Lilith Norman and Wrightson were pumping out hugely inspiring stuff.
Catherine Jinks
Historically, there had been many periods of Chinese Renaissance.
My parents grew up during the Harlem renaissance.
I would certainly never consider myself a Renaissance Man; I’m not fit to look at the dust from the chariot wheels of many of those who have gone before me.
Under the auspices of peace, our comprehensive renaissance will be built, and it will be a model for those who wish to emulate it in the greater Arab homeland.
The only hope is that our civilization will collapse at a certain point, as always happens in history. Then, out of barbarity, a renaissance.
Pierre Schaeffer
Our culture has kind of let the concept of the Renaissance Man die out. We don’t really tell the kids that it’s okay to bounce around the world, work odd jobs, and do six different things.
I went into Harvard one way and came out a different person… It’s the air at Harvard; it’s like a Renaissance court.
Erich Segal
Throughout history, cities have been associated with incredible bursts of creative energy – the Renaissance in Florence, or modernism in Paris. London is the cultural metropolis of the early 21st century.
We will continue to count on your unwavering support and commitment to working with leaders of our continent in bringing about the desired renaissance of Africa.
The Renaissance of the fifteenth century was, in many things, great rather by what it designed then by what it achieved.
After I’d been in college for a couple years I’d read Shakespeare and Frost and Chaucer and the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. I’d come to appreciate how gorgeous the English language could be. But most fantasy novels didn’t seem to make the effort.
I’m very moved by Renaissance music, but I still love to play hard rock – though only if it’s sophisticated and has some thought behind it.
Television preachers extract money from the poor to live in a style and to indulge in shameful acts which equal or outdo the worst of the Renaissance Popes.
J. Irwin Miller
English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.
I am not saying that the Renaissance in any way was a feminist movement – hardly. But the arts flourished, and in more social settings as opposed to being confined to the church.
I got a New York designer to build my dream store here, which is a little bit of Florence in New York. It’s like the Duomo on Madison. I got inspired by Santa Maria Novella and all the Renaissance architecture.
Jean Toomer is a phantom of the Harlem Renaissance. Pick up any general study of the literature written by Afro-Americans, and there is the name of Jean Toomer. In biographies and memoirs of Harlem Renaissance figures, his name is invoked as if he had been one of the sights along Lenox Avenue.
There is a renaissance of really great genre entertainment happening. But it’s become incredibly audience-specific.
It seems to me that a kind of thinking which is not technocratic has an opportunity for a renaissance in this country.
I am always connected with the Renaissance a lot; that’s why I am connected with Pitti Palace.
Rapunzel is a bit more relatable than the other princesses, especially because she doesn’t even know that she’s a princess until the very end of the movie. I like to think of her as the bohemian Disney princess. She’s barefoot and living in a tower. She paints and reads… She’s a Renaissance woman.
Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing – actually more real, no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than we did Renaissance Festivals.
It was always something I knew I was capable of and from an early age my mother was involved in the film industry. She used to work at a production company. So I was exposed to a renaissance period of films in New Zealand back in the early 80’s.
Karl Urban
Just as Renaissance artists provided narratives for the era they lived in, so do I. I’m always looking beyond the surface. I’ve done that ever since I first picked up a camera.
I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit, a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and a revival of opportunity for all Chicago.
The Renaissance took place in chaos and plague.
When I ask myself what are the great things we got from the Renaissance, it’s the great art, the great music, the science insights of Leonardo da Vinci. Two hundred years from now, when you ask what are the great things that came from this era, I think it’s going to be an understanding of the universe around us.
In the West there has always been the attempt to try make the religious building, whether it’s a Medieval or Renaissance church, an eternal object for the celebration of God. The material chosen, such as stone, brick, or concrete, is meant to eternally preserve what is inside.
The renaissance movement and social reformers have taught us that superstitious beliefs and customs should be challenged and opposed.
I’m a huge fan of Renaissance art. It’s very direct. They’re paintings that hit you in the face in the same immediate way that a huge pop tune hits you in the face.
I imagine it was much different in the 1970s. That was the Renaissance for black actors, albeit in blaxploitation movies. There was a much greater preponderance of work then than there is now.
My interest was in renaissance literature, looking at how men were writing for women in the 1590s, a time when many women were being taught to read but not to write.
I’m finishing my Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance history.
Peter Weller
My greatest role model is my mom because she’s a Renaissance woman. She has had many careers over the course of her life because she really is just an extremely creative, passionate person and is very involved in many different things.
I did not know how to paint a mural. I did not know how to prepare the surface. There was nobody from the Renaissance around who could advise me, and I did the best I could.
Without mincing words or really embellishing anything… I consider Mike Alsbury the renaissance man. He could do it all. He was an engineer. He was a pilot. He worked well with others. He had a great sense of humor. I never heard him raise his voice or lose his cool.
Brian Binnie