Saturday, March 24, 2012

Our true need.


"We ought not to demand to be pleased and flattered [by art], for our true need is to be touched by love or fear."

-Ananda Coomaraswamy, 1913 (found in "The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy," World Wisdom Library of Perennial Philosophy)
(image: Helmut Newton)

Beautiful and Useful.


"Possessions are a necessity to the extent that we can use them: it is altogether legitimate to enjoy what we do use, but equally inordinate to enjoy what we cannot use or to use what cannot be enjoyed. All possessions not at the same time beautiful and useful are an affront to human dignity. Ours is perhaps the first society to find it natural that some things should be beautiful and others useful."

-Ananda Coomaraswamy, 1956 (found in "The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy," World Wisdom Library of Perennial Philosophy)