Beauty Is an Act of the Mind

Rose and Auguste Rodin on their wedding day, Meudon, 29 January 1917

Beauty is not an image or a comparison of images. It is an act of the mind – a completely personal act. There is no beauty without context, without a relationship between an I and a you, face to face. If you do not understand, I will have to consider you dangerous, mad, and shameless. For you do not give up easily. You are a modern man. For you, fences are made to be jumped.

Denis de Rougemont
Second Postcard Dialogue: Physical Beauty
The Growl of Deeper Waters (1976)

What is beauty? It’s what you love.

Yoko Ono
Tweet (2011)

Photo by Pierre Choumoff: Rose and Auguste Rodin on their wedding day, Meudon, 29 January 1917

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