quote by Eduardo Galeano

I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.

— Eduardo Galeano

Reckoning Horizontal quotations

Vertical and horizontal lines are the expression of two opposing forces;

they exist everywhere and dominate everything; their reciprocal action constitutes 'life'. I recognized that the equilibrium of any particular aspect of nature rests on the equivalence of its opposites.

Hence no force, however great, can stretch a cord, however fine, into a horizontal line which is accurately straight: there will always be a bending downwards.

Dancing is a vertical interpretation of a horizontal intention.

Horizontality is a desire to give up, to sleep.

Verticality is an attempt to escape. Hanging and floating are states of ambivalence.


Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

It is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.

Life isn't some vertical or horizontal line -- you have your own interior world, and it's not neat.

Thanks to the oval I have discovered the meaning of the horizontal and the vertical.

We live in an age where quantity is seen as preferable to quality, and many people tend to work in a horizontal line: next, next, next. But if you do that, you never investigate the vertical line - the depth of the piece.


I don't think you can talk about progress in art - movement, but not progress.

You can speak of a point on a line for the purpose of locating things, but it's a horizontal line, not a vertical one.

In Christian terms, evangelization and humanization are not alternatives.

Nor are the vertical dimension of faith and the horizontal dimension of love for ones neighbor and political change.

Living is a horizontal fall.

All my work keeps going like a pendulum;

it seems to swing back to something I was involved with earlier, or it moves between horizontality and verticality, circularlity, or a composite of them. For me, I suppose, that change is the only constant.

My paintings are certainly nonobjective.

They're just horizontal lines. There's not any hint of nature. And still everybody responds, I think.


It's what I like to call the horizontal Jesus.

Vertical Jesus are the songs that say 'Lord I love you, Lord I praise you, Lord I thank you' and horizontal is 'I'm in a situation. This is the problem. How can I apply that now horizontally?' There are more problems in the world because he's not being applied horizontally.

The nature of the contrapuntal experience is that every note has to have a past and a future on the horizontal plane.

When the elements are arranged in vertical columns according to increasing atomic weight, so that the horizontal lines contain analogous elements again according to increasing atomic weight, an arrangement results from which several general conclusions may be drawn.

Passive righteousness tells us that God does not need our good works.

Active righteousness tells us that our neighbor does. The aim and direction of good works are horizontal, not vertical.

Time is the horizontal dimension of life, the surface layer of reality.

Then there is the vertical dimension of depth, accessible only through the portal of the present moment.


The essential thing is to etch movements in the sky, movements so still they leave no trace. The essential thing is simplicity. / That is why the long path to perfection is horizontal.

All art is erotic. The first ornament to have been invented, the cross, was of erotic origin. It was the first work of art. A horizontal stroke: the woman lying down. A vertical stroke: the male who penetrates her.

Observing sea, sky and stars, I sought to indicate their plastic function through a multiplicity of crossing verticals and horizontals. Impressed by the vastness of Nature, I was trying to express its expansion, rest and unity.

What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge.

It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.

A vertical line is dignity. The horizontal line is peaceful. The obtuse angle is action. That's universal, it is primary.


Life is a horizontal fall.

Koko B. Ware is a crossword wrestler: he enters the ring vertically, and leaves horizontally.

Unlike solidarity, which is horizontal and takes place between equals, charity is top-down, humiliating those who receive it and never challenging the implicit power relations.

I learned three important things in college-to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes. What I could not learn was to think creatively on schedule.

My affection for CinemaScope initially was my affection for the horizontal line as I learned it from having been apprenticed to an architect who was someone named Frank Lloyd Wright.


Daddy, What's the horizontal tango?

The print is devised so that I can cut the dresses on the bias, so they work around the body. It's not like a regular print that you buy and ends up being a vertical and a horizontal placement. It works around the body.

The vertical and the horizontal are the extreme signs available to man for touching the beyond and his inwardness.

Cities are ... distinguished by the catastrophic forms they presuppose and which are a vital part of their essential charm. New York is King Kong, or the blackout, or vertical bombardment: Towering Inferno. Los Angeles is the horizontal fault, California breaking off and sliding into the Pacific: Earthquake.

I had seen a herd of Buffalo, one hundred and twenty-nine of them, come out of the morning mist under a copper sky, one by one, as if the dark and massive, iron-like animals with the mighty horizontally swung horns were not approaching, but were being created before my eyes and sent out as they were finished.

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