On Sex and Sublimation

Watercolor by Auguste Rodin: The Devil or Milton (c. 1900)

Sexual energy not used by homosexuals for procreation, as it is by heterosexuals, should be channelized elsewhere where its ends can be creativity.

Harry Hay, 1951

Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.

Gore Vidal, 1960

Watercolor by Auguste Rodin: The Devil or Milton, c. 1900

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