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John O’Donohue on Beauty, Why We Fall in Love, and How the Life-Force of Desire Vitalizes Us
John O’Donohue on Beauty, Why We Fall in Love, and How the Life-Force of Desire Vitalizes Us

“We can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us.”

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The Beauty of Uncertainty: How Heisenberg Invented Quantum Mechanics, Told in Jazz
The Beauty of Uncertainty: How Heisenberg Invented Quantum Mechanics, Told in Jazz

Quantum mechanics and the combinatorial nature of creativity, set to song.

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Rothko on Beauty, Friendship, and How the Emotional Exaltation of Art Mirrors Human Relationships
Rothko on Beauty, Friendship, and How the Emotional Exaltation of Art Mirrors Human Relationships

“Beauty conforms to the demands of the spirit.”

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On “Beauty”: Marilynne Robinson on Writing, What Storytelling Can Learn from Science, and the Splendors of Uncertainty
On “Beauty”: Marilynne Robinson on Writing, What Storytelling Can Learn from Science, and the Splendors of Uncertainty

“We are part of a mystery, a splendid mystery within which we must attempt to orient ourselves if we are to have a sense of our own nature.”

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Growing Older and What Beauty Really Means
Ursula K. Le Guin on Growing Older and What Beauty Really Means

“There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.”

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Emerson on What Beauty Really Means, How to Cultivate Its True Hallmarks, and Why It Bewitches the Human Imagination
Emerson on What Beauty Really Means, How to Cultivate Its True Hallmarks, and Why It Bewitches the Human Imagination

“The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.”

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In Praise of Darkness: Henry Beston on How the Beauty of Night Nourishes the Human Spirit
In Praise of Darkness: Henry Beston on How the Beauty of Night Nourishes the Human Spirit

“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars — pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time.”

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The Power of Aesthetic Force: Anna Deavere Smith and Sarah Lewis on Beauty as a Tool of Justice and a Catalyst for “Nonselfing”
The Power of Aesthetic Force: Anna Deavere Smith and Sarah Lewis on Beauty as a Tool of Justice and a Catalyst for “Nonselfing”

“The law represents a part of the people’s will but … the people’s will is moved by beauty.”

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You Have Never Seen the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe on the Shimmering Beauty of the Southwest
You Have Never Seen the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe on the Shimmering Beauty of the Southwest

“There is something wonderful about the bigness and the lonelyness and the windyness of it all.”

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Thoughts on Design: Paul Rand on Beauty, Simplicity, the Power of Symbols, and Why Idealism Is Essential in Creative Work
Thoughts on Design: Paul Rand on Beauty, Simplicity, the Power of Symbols, and Why Idealism Is Essential in Creative Work

“Catering to bad taste, which we so readily attribute to the average reader, merely perpetuates that mediocrity.”

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