Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about beauty from Art - Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Art (1841). copy citation

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Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source Art
Topic beauty art travel
Date 1841
Language English
Reference in "Essays: First Series"
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Weblink https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Essays:_First_Series/Art

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“In happy hours, nature appears to us one with art; art perfected, — the work of genius. And the individual, in whom simple tastes and susceptibility to all the great human influences overpower the accidents of a local and special culture, is the best critic of art. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not. The best of beauty is a finer charm than skill in surfaces, in outlines, or rules of art can ever teach, namely, a radiation from the work of art of human character, — a wonderful expression through stone, or canvas, or musical sound, of the deepest and simplest attributes of our nature, and therefore most intelligible at last to those souls which have these attributes.” source

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