Thursday, October 18, 2007

Beauty

"There's an Italian painter, named Carlotti, and he defined beauty. He said it was the summation of the parts working together in such a way that nothing needed to be added, taken away or altered..." (From Next.)

Now, I actually have serious doubts about the origins of this, but as a cool line in a dialog—and also as a pickup line; and especially with what was said immediately afterwards—this one's a definite grabber; and already it has been adopted across a wide spectrum of the internet as if its antecedents were impeccable. Not that I mind, but you gotta be careful.

Still, doesn't it matter more what's being said here than who really said it? If it had been Socrates, would that have lent it increased worthiness-of-consideration?

I guess you know what I'd say about that.

1 comment:

Haszari said...

Hang on a sec, a "definition" of "beauty"... eh?

I think "in the eye of the beholder" is as good as it gets from where I'm sitting.