The Arts and Personal Development

The Arts is a broad term, consisting of the expressive disciplines, which include among others, art, music and literature.

Learning about the arts contributes to personal growth and development by stimulating our senses and sensibilities and by awakening the creative and expressive aspects of our being.

As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said:

"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."


starrynightArt, along with music is a universal language. Through the ages, transcending time and space, artists have told us their stories and conveyed their emotions through drawings, paintings, architecture and sculptures. We have observed their joy, sorrow, peace and frustration expressed in their work.

Likewise, art allows us to express ourselves.
Through that expression, we communicate. When we enjoy and look at someone else's art, we see the world through their eyes. When we create our own art, we allow others to see it through ours. Whether you create your own art, or appreciate the beauty and genius of the great masters, it lifts and inspires you beyond your everyday consciousness. Enjoying art is relaxing, therapeutic and rejuvenating.


music and the artsIf music be the food of love, play on". Shakespeare
Music is not only the food of love; it is the food of the spirit and the soul. Like art, it is a universal language and like art it has the ability to transport you beyond your ordinary level of awareness.

Above and beyond its ability to awaken our senses, studying music helps develop critical thinking, self-discipline, spatial reasoning skills, as well as math and reading ability.


shakespeareReading the novels, poetry, short stories and essays of some of the world's greatest writers and thinkers enriches us by: exposing us to the interesting, fascinating experiences of others; giving us insight and understanding into human nature and the human condition; helping us understand ourselves; while at the same time it transports us to different worlds by stimulating our imagination and creativity.

 Exploring the arts is fun and rewarding on so many levels - intellectually, spiritually and creatively.

The Wonder Of Poetry

Enjoy these moving poems about life, the human condition, and existence by these great poets:

O Me! O Life! and O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

A Psalm Of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If by Rudyard Kipling

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

 It Couldn't Be Done, Life, and Don't Quit by Edgar Albert Guest

Turn Turn Turn   Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Pete Seeger

Today's Joy Was Born Of Yesterday's Sorrow and Bend In The Road by Helen Steiner Rice

The Tear by Lord Byron

I Wandered Lonely as A Cloud by William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth Quotes

The Life of Man by Sir Francis Bacon

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

Encouragement and The Old Stoic by Emily Brontë

Ode To A Nightingale  by John Keats

To A Mouse by Robert Burns

On Death  by Anne Killigrew

Love and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Other World   by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Invictus  by William Ernest Henley

A Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Poem
Inspiring Goethe Quotes

In Memory of Major Robert Gregory by William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats Quotes

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Shakespeare Quotes

Quotes from Shakespeare on Life, Virtue, Ourselves.