Immortal by Beauty

(Sunrise, Daufuskie Island)

June 8, 1838. Why do we seek this lurking beauty, in skies, in poems, in drawings? Ah because there we are safe, there we neither sicken nor die. I think we fly to Beauty as an asylum from the terrors of finite nature. We are made immortal by this kiss, by the contemplation of beauty. 

–Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Journals

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