Tuesday, March 28, 2006

art for OUR sake ! ? !

"Great passions may give us this quickened sense of life, ecstasy and sorrow of love, the various forms of enthusiastic activity, disinterested or otherwise, which come naturally to many of us. Only be sure it is passion that it does yield you this fruit of a quickened, multiplied consciousness. Of this wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for art's sake, has most; for art comes to you professing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments' sake."

(Walter Pater, Conclusion to Studies in the History of the Renaissance)

"Heraclitus says that all things give way and nothing remains"

(Plato's Cratylus)

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