Thursday, January 23, 2014

What is Beauty?

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you foolishly ignore beauty, you'll soon find ourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

Frank Lloyd Wright


I find these great. Especially the last half of the Emerson one, I think those are about as profound as any human has uttered. 


neeraj said...

Additional two aphorisms (as far as I remember):

1) by Khalil Gibran:

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror."

2) by Rodin :

"There is no lack of beauty in this world,
but many eyes not seeing it."

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Right, thank you.