Quotations by Author

Robert Smithson

An emotion is suggested and demolished in one glance by certain words.

Art's development should be dialectical and not metaphysical.

Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning.

History is a facsimile of events held together by finally biographical information.

Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification.

Language should be an ever developing procedure and not an isolated occurrence.

Language should find itself in the physical world, and not end up locked in an idea in somebody's head.

Words for mental processes are all derived from physical things.