ON TODAY'S SITE:
Thomas Traherne, St. John of the Cross, Jean Paul Richter,
Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Inge, Hildegard of Bingen, Simone Weil
We see beauty with our eyes, but recognize it only with our hearts.
Perception of beauty requires our emotional involvement. We discover
holiness of beauty in its sacred journey from the brain to the heart.
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The world is a mirror of infinite beauty...It is a temple of majesty...
It is a region of light and peace...It is more to man since he has
fallen than it was before. It is the place of angels
and the gate of heaven.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674)
English poet and religious writer
From "Centuries of Meditations"
God passes through the thicket of the world,
and wherever his glance falls he turns
all things to beauty.
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Spanish mystic, Carmelite friar and priest
From "The Spiritual Chronicles"
The Infinite has written its name on the heavens,
in shining stars, and on Earth in tender flowers.
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)
German Romantic writer
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Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful,
for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every
fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American philosopher, poet and Transcendentalist
The love of beauty is super-personal and disinterested,
like all the spiritual values; it promotes common enjoyment
and social sympathy. Unquestionably it is one of the three
ultimate values, ranking with Goodness and Truth.
William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)
English Anglican priest and author
From "Wit and Wisdom of Dean Inge"
Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty of the green earth.
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
German Benedictine abbess, author, poet, composer
The Last Word:
Beauty is the supreme mystery of this world.
Simone Weil (1909-1943)
French philosopher & Christian mystic
From "Human Personality"
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
I think that if you shake the tree, you ought
to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)
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