If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us
larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this,
then it is time we got rid of Him. James Arthur Baldwin 'Down at the Cross', in the NewYorker,17 Nov.
A genuine invention in the realm of ideas must first emerge as an
abstruse and even partial concept At first blusha new
idea appearstobe verycloseto insanity because to be new
it must reverse important basic beliefs and
assumptions which, in turn, have been institutionalized
and are administered by one or another kind of priesthood
with a vested interest in an old idea. Arthur Miller The Collected Plays,'Introduction, II'.
The grand manner consists of four elements: subject or theme, concept,
structure, and style. The first requirement,
fundamental to all the others, is that the subject and the
narrative be grandiose, such as battles, heroic actions, and
religious themes. Nicolas Poussin Quoted in Giovanni
Pietro Bellori Lives of the Modern Painters (1672).