Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Death of Beauty, Decadence in Art

I am warned by the ill fate of many philosophers not to attempt a definition of Beauty. I will rather enumerate a few of its qualities. 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. It is the most enduring quality, and the most ascending quality.
-Emerson, "Conduct of Life" (On Beauty)

3 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Damn. I don't get the point of that "ballet."

-FJ said...

Superfluidity.... IMO. It would have been 100% better w/o the "handicapping" props.

Thersites said...

...superflosity? Superfluousness...