Beast of Beauty

Nature's Abstract

"Why should one reject the perfect in favor of the imperfect?  The precise and perfect carries no overtones, admits of no freedom; the perfect is static and regulated, cold and hard.  We in our own human imperfections are repelled by the perfect, since everything is apparent from the start and there is no suggestion of the infinite.  Beauty must have room, must be associated with freedom.  Freedom, indeed, is beauty.  The love of the irregular is a sign of the basic quest for freedom."
  - Soetsu Yanagi  The Unknown Craftsman

"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god." - Sir Francis Bacon

"Beauty is a form of genius - is higher than genius, as it needs no explanation.
It is one of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime,
or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon."
  - Oscar Wilde

Nature's Abstract

"Ask a toad what beauty is.”  - Voltaire

“The divine is not separate from the beast.” - Lenore Kandel

"There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion."  - Edgar Allen Poe

 “Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”  - Nadine Gordimer

Nature's Abstract

 “What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.” - Keats

 “The heart suffers when it cannot see and touch beauty,
but beauty is not shy it is synonymous with existence.” - Hafiz

 “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.“
 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is a beast in man that needs to be exercised, not exorcised."  - Anton LeVey

 "Beauty lifts the soul and the sublime shatters the ego." - J. Campbell

"If women can learn to surrender the seductiveness of youth and to value themselves 
by other than adolescent standards of beauty, they can explore the dignity of elder beauty 
and reclaim the right to age without stigma."  - Z. Schachter-Shalomi 

Beatrice Wood - a hero of mine

 "Beauty will save the world."  - Fyodor Dostoevsky


  1. How did you know I dreamt about these in my waking dreams last night? We must be beasts, you and I, hugged by the truth.