Vase, unglazed, black, dried-body stoneware with encaustic decoration; Wedgwood & Bentley, circa 1770-1775. Imitation of a Grecian urn published from the collection of William Hamilton. DAR Museum, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC.
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
John Keats, English poet
I appreciate the power of great writers to harness poetic metaphors to capture what is beyond words. These lines of verse from Keats' Ode to a Grecian Urn do just that. They describe the intimate relationship between beauty and truth. Beauty and truth, artists teach us, are the foundational underpinnings of creativity and art. According to Keats, truth and beauty are the foundation of life itself.
Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese writer and artist
Beauty awakens the soul to act.
Dante Alighieri, Italian poet
Beauty, the splendour of truth, is a gracious presence when the imagination contemplates intensely the truth of its own being or the visible world, and the spirit which proceeds out of truth and beauty is the holy spirit of joy. These are realities and these alone give and sustain life.
James Joyce, Irish writer
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1921
Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.
Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet, Nobel Prize in Literature 1913
To love beauty is to see light.
Victor Hugo, French writer
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Thus was beauty sent from heaven -- the lovely mistress of truth and good in this dark world.
Mark Akenside, English poet and physician
Truth, Goodness, Beauty -- those celestial thrins, /Continually are born; e'en now the Universe, /With thousand throats, and eke with greener smiles, /Its joy confesses at their recent birth.
Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher, transcendentalist