Could you please, explain this quote?
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever; it's lovliness increases;it will never pass into nothingness. " ~ John Keats
As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the experience of beauty is completely subjective. This reminds me of the kid from American Beauty, who touts his video of a plastic bag as being the most beautiful thing he has ever recorded.
So, as we each experience these fleeting moments of beauty, their only chance at longevity resides in the minds of each of us who take the time to ascribe to them that quality.
This is why it is not only recommended that we "stop and smell the roses," it is absolutely critical and vital to do so. Without these moments of communion with God, our minds are left to sift through the messages others are providing too readily with agendas of their own.
If you want a catalogue of beautiful things and moments from which to draw joy, take an active role in filling your mind with them. This is your only hope for a life of beauty.
John Keats was an English poet who lived from 1795-1821. His actual publication career was only 4 years long. Keats died of tuberculosis in 1821.
Ironically, his beautiful verses have long endured-- proving the truth of this very quote.
the quote comes from a lengthy poetic romance called "Endymion." The message is that true beauty is both timeless and enduring. Something that is beautiful will be long appreciated, no matter the time or circumstance. Such timeless beauty will always exist to comfort and sustain people.
It's not directly stated in these opening lines, but I interpret the rest of the poem to imply that in order to be truly beautiful, a thing must have a timeless quality that appeals to all.
Explore more about Keats and "Endymion" here:
If physical beauty is meant (a thing, not a person or an idea or concept) then this is nonsense. Everything changes and most things we like or love become weaker in impact with time. The stuff you loved to eat or drink long ago, they just don't taste or feel that way (the way they did back then) anymore. Is that bad? Beauty needs a beholder in order to be beautiful. If Beauty must increase from the point of initial perusal till eternity then the beholder must also retain his love for that kind of beauty as well (and that is the hook). If we aren't confusing beauty with love which allows for growth, change, mistakes, bad breath and an occasional bad attitude or even the wrinkling and withering that comes with age, then this quote is confusing love with physical beauty. That means that in order for the coke to taste as it did and bite your nose as it did , the coke has to stay the same but you'll have to as well in order for the experience to kick. But we all want to grow up and change radically and for the better, don't we?
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