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Two Kinds of Beauty (An Observation)

May 4, 2012

There are two kinds of beauty: what you find and what you make.

That’s a thought that crossed my mind at the coffee shop today. It certainly sounds like something someone said but I can’t figure it out. Cervantes drew a lovely distinction between two beauties“one of the soul and the other of the body … when we focus our attention upon that beauty [of the soul], not upon the physical, love generally arises with great violence and intensity”—but that’s a different concern. Kant propounded a notion of free versus dependent beauty that I won’t attempt to understand let alone explain.

The bipolar romantic nut Lord Byron penned perhaps the writing of beauty itself.

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