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Beauty And The Beholder

Two Englishmen, having climbed the Matterhorn, were regarding the wonderful view that stretched out before them. ‘Not half bad!’, commented one of them. ‘No,’ replied the other , ‘but you needn’t rave about it like a love-struck poet!’ Anon quoted … Continue reading

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Morning Glory: Edward Thomas

The glory of the beauty of the morning, – The cuckoo crying over the untouched dew; The blackbird that has found it, and the dove That tempts me on to something sweeter than love; White clouds ranged even and fair … Continue reading

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Creativity and Joy: W B Yeats

The miserable man may think well and express himself with great vehemence, but he cannot make beautiful things, for Aphrodite never rises from any but a tide of joy. W B Yeats quoted in ‘The Poet’s Work’ by John Holmes … Continue reading

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The Strength Of A Woman: James Howell

One hair of a woman can draw more than a hundred pair of oxen. James Howell ?1594-1666 Familiar Letters book ii, letter 6 The image is Bathsheba with David’s Letter by Rembrandt via Wikimedia  

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Beauty On The Run: Vida Scudder

One cannot appreciate beauty on the run. When I can be motionless long enough, there is no limit I have ever reached to the revelations in an opening bud. Vida D. Scudder The Privilege of Age The image is copyright: … Continue reading

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Beauty: Jean Kerr

I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin deep. What do you want—an adorable pancreas? Jean Kerr 1923-2003 The Snake has all the Lines (1958) The image is copyright: Julien Tromeur via Shutterstock

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Ode On Melancholy: John Keats

No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist Wolf’s-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine; Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss’d By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine; Make not your rosary of yew-berries, Nor let the beetle, nor the … Continue reading

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Endymion: John Keats

A Thing of Beauty (Endymion) A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and … Continue reading

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Making Beauty Manifest: Alfred Barrett, S J

We are so blind To all the realm of real, so numb to feeling Anything but the ache inside the breast, It takes a miracle to make the healing Miracle of beauty manifest. Alfred Barrett, S J ‘Inspiration’ from Mint … Continue reading

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Stendhal v Shakespeare on Romanticism

Before love is born, beauty is necessary as a sign, it predisposes [us] to this passion by the praises we hear bestowed on whom we will love. Avant la naissance de l’amour, la beauté est nécessaire comme enseigne; elle prédispose à … Continue reading

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