Thanks, John, that's one for the Hall of Fame thread I think.
I enjoyed reading the quotes about composition, many of them contradictory. A few samples:
When I paint a landscape, I get the greatest pleasure out of composing it. As I paint, I try to work out a visual sonata form or a fugue, with realistic images. (Ian Hornak)
Don't waste time trying to find that perfect composition. Remember life is short, and while contemplating the wonderful texture and taste of that ice cream cone, and why you prefer one flavour over another... your ice cream cone is melting. (John Stuart Pryce)
Even in front of nature one must compose. (Edgar Degas)