May 26

HOW near to good is what is fair!
Which we no sooner see,
But with the lines and outward air
Our senses taken be.
Ben Jonson


AS soon as beauty is sought, not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker. High beauty is no longer attainable by him in canvas or in stone, in sound, or in lyrical construction; an effeminate, prudent, sickly beauty, which is not beauty, is all that can be formed; for the hand can never execute anything higher than the character can inspire.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


FOR there is not any virtue the exercise of which, even momentarily, will not impress a new fairness upon the features.
John Ruskin

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