18 March 2010

'the world thus exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of beauty. this element i call an ultimate end. no reason can be asked or given why the soul seeks beauty. beauty, in its largest and profoundest sense, is one expression for the universe. god is the all-fair. truth, and goodness, and beauty, are but different faces of the same all. but beauty in nature is not ultimate. it is the herald of inward and eternal beauty, and is not alone a solid and satisfactory good. It must stand as a part, and not as yet the last or highest expression of the final cause of nature.'

/ ralph waldo emerson, from nature 1836