Jacob Mann

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

In a piece of art, it could be the unique yet controlled strokes of a painter’s brush that can evoke a feeling of awe in the now beloved beholder.

You could find it in a moment like in that Iron and Wine song, looking into the freckles of the eyes of the one you love and back at yours realizing they’re “mirror images” and perfectly align when you kiss.

It can be something as simple as a road daisy blooming from the far reaches of your driveway or something as lavish as an expensive piece of furniture that ties your living room together.

Beauty isn’t easily defined, nor is its presence deniable in our daily lives, whether it’s a citywide beautification act to install shrubbery and public art displays or a small child who gravitates toward the color green and expresses it through as many drawings, clothing items, toys, and whatever else they can get his hands on, simply because it’s what speaks to them.

Beauty is a human experience that’s existed for millions of years. Even our first tools were carved in symmetrical shapes.

Beauty is intangible yet it seems to be something deeply rooted in our DNA. While definitions changed vastly over the years, and no one description can truly do the job entirely, there are commonalities that have spanned across various generations. Humans draw inspiration from a world that adorns its creations with a variety of patterns, colors, and other phenomena that we replicate in our modern societies.

Jumping from country to country or even from town to town will yield interesting variations on what people in different parts of the world think is beautiful. That of course varies even more if you go from one individual to the next.

We have our preferences and different strokes will strike the fancies of different folks, but we can all agree there’s a number of universal truths that ring the tune of beauty and lastly, that beauty itself exists and it’s something worth pursuing, preserving, and passed along to others.

I handpicked the following quotes that attempt to describe the indescribable.

“There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that’s beautiful to me.

— Liv Tyler

People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

— Anne Frank

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”

— Edgar Allan Poe

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

— Franz Kafka

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn

Should never crave the rose.”

— Anne Bronte

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

— Confucius

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”

— Virginia Woolf

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.”

— “King Kong”

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.co

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