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Beauty Will Save the World (1)

One day Dostoevsky threw out the enigmatic remark: «Beauty will save the world». What sort of a statement is that? For a long time I considered it mere words. How could that be possible? When in bloo...

The Human Pattern (2)

Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we — I mean all human beings — are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beeth...
Moments of Being

The Artistic Imagination (3)

A storyteller who provided us with such a profusion of details would rapidly grow maddening. Unfortunately, life itself often subscribes to this mode of storytelling, wearing us out with repetition, ...
The Art of Travel

The Fear of Death (4)

He thought the fear of death was perhaps the root of all art, perhaps also of all things of the mind. We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and agai...
Narcissus and Goldmund

The Importance of the Art (5)

By art alone we are able to get outside ourselves, to know what another sees of this universe which for him is not ours, the landscapes of which would remain as unknown to us as those of the moon. Th...


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