"Thoughts on Painting"

Krishnamurti on truth

"Let us understand this first of all. Now you are basing your ideas on conformity. You think that there is a standard, a way, by which you can find truth; but if you examine, you will discover that there is no path that leads to truth. In order to be led to truth, you must know what truth is, and your leader must know what it is. Isn't that so? I say that a man who teaches truth may have it, but if he then offers to lead you to truth and you are led, then both are in illusion. How can you know truth if you are still held by illusion? If truth is there it expresses itself. A great poet has the desire, the flame for creative writing, and he writes. If you have the desire, you learn the technique. 

I feel that no one can lead another to truth, because truth is infinite; it is a pathless land, and no one can tell you how to find it. No one can teach you to be an artist; another can only give you the brushes and canvas and show you the colors to use. Nobody taught me, I assure you, nor have I learned what I am saying from books. But I have watched, I have struggled, and I have tried to find out. It is only when you are absolutely naked, free from all techniques, free from all teachers, that you find out."     -- The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. I; Alpino, Italy, 1933


"You may not know what you're doing, but while you're doing it, you know who you are."     -- Tom Wudl, Interview with Antrese Wood

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