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.
TRUTH AND BEAUTY
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
Suppose the apprehension of beauty is itself a way to truth? Suppose that “elegance”—as the word is used by physicists to describe their discoveries—is a key to ultimate reality?
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
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. 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.
Mark Akenside, English poet and physician
Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher, transcendentalist