Leonardo Da Vinci combined art and science and aesthetics and engineering, that kind of unity is needed once again.
Aesthetics is for the artist like ornithology is for the birds.
Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers.... What we call art is a game.
There's no particular evidence that any of the lower mammals or any of the other animals have any interest in aesthetics at all. But Homo sapiens does, always has and always will.
Pay attention only to the form; emotion will come spontaneously to inhabit it. A perfect dwelling always find an inhabitant.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
Nothing is beautiful, except man alone: all aesthetics rests upon this na‘vet», which is its first truth. Let us immediately add the second: nothing is ugly except the degenerating manůand with this the realm of aesthetic judgment is circumscribed.
I'm a passionate believer in the inherent creativity possessed by all people and our inherent ability--if it's not clouded by convention--to appreciate authentic beauty in all forms, whether we like it or not.
So begins a question which has of late become more and more urgent: what is the relation of aesthetics to politics?
But aesthetics is not religion, and the origins of religion lie somewhere completely different. They lie anyway, these roses smell too sweet and the deep roar of the breaking waves is too splendid, to do justice to such weighty matters now.
What is the use of aesthetics if they can neither teach how to produce beauty nor how to appreciate it in good taste? It exists because it behooves rational human beings to provide reasons for their actions and assessments. Even if aesthetics are not the mathematics of beauty, they are the proof of the calculation.
žForm follows profitÓ is the aesthetic principle of our times.
And I knew my vision of the garden of savage beauty had been a true vision. There was meaning in the world, yes, and laws, and inevitability, but they had only to do with the aesthetic and in this Savage Garden, these innocent ones belonged in the vampire's arms. A thousand other things can be said about the world, but only aesthetic principles can be verified, and these things alone remain the same.
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