On Beauty: Three Discourses Delivered in the University of Edinburgh

Sutherland and Knox, 1858 - 270 Seiten

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Seite 25 - Why we receive pleasure from some forms and colours, and not from others, is no more to be asked or answered than why we like sugar and dislike wormwood.
Seite 201 - By sin i' the blood, — his spirit-insight dulled And crossed by his sensations. Presently He feels it quicken in the dark sometimes, When, mark, be reverent, be obedient, For such dumb motions of imperfect life Are oracles of vital Deity Attesting the Hereafter. Let who says "The soul's a clean white paper," rather say, A palimpsest, a prophet's holograph Defiled, erased and covered by a monk's, — The apocalypse, by a Longus ! poring on Which obscene text, we may discern perhaps Some fair, fine...
Seite 77 - I call an idea great in proportion as it is received by a higher faculty of the mind, and as it more fully occupies, and in occupying, exercises and exalts, the faculty by which it is received.
Seite 77 - I do not say that the art is greatest which imitates best, because perhaps there is some art whose end is to create, and not to imitate. But I say that the art is greatest which conveys to the mind of the spectator, by any means whatsoever, the greatest number of the greatest ideas...
Seite 149 - Form, in its widest meaning, the visible universe that envelopes our senses, and its counterpart, the invisible one, that agitates our mind with visions bred on sense by fancy, are the element and realm of invention : it discovers, selects, combines the possible, the probable, the known, in a mode that strikes •with an air of truth and novelty.
Seite 161 - The most obvious, and the strongest association that can be established between inward feelings and external objects is, where the object is necessarily and universally connected with the feeling by the law of nature, so that it is always presented to the senses when the feeling is impressed upon the mind — as the sight or the sound of laughter, with the feeling of gaiety — of weeping, with distress — of the sound of thunder, with ideas of danger and power.
Seite 86 - I should attempt to investigate the principles on which colours, Forms, or motion, give pleasure to the eye. With the greater 'part of Mr. Alison's remarks on these qualities, I perfectly agree; although, in the case of the first, I am disposed to ascribe more to the mere organic impression, independently of any association or expression whatever, than he seems willing to allow.
Seite 104 - Never is piety more unwise than when she casts beauty out of the church, and by this excommunication forces her fairest sister to become profane. It is the duty of religion not to eject, but to cherish and seek fellowship with every beautiful exhibition which delights, and every delicate art which embellishes human life. So, on the other hand, it is the duty of art not to waste its high capabilities in the imitation of what is trivial, and in the curious adornment of what has only a finite significance....
Seite 48 - Haec tune non noveram, et amabam pulchra inferiora, et ibam in profundum et dicebam amicis meis: "num amamus aliquid nisi pulchrum? quid est ergo pulchrum? et quid est pulchritudo? quid est quod nos allicit et conciliat rebus, quas amamus? nisi enim esset in eis decus et species, nullo modo nos ad se moverent.

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