Friday, March 07, 2008

The Art of John Waterhouse

O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
There’s in you all that we believe of heaven,—
Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
Eternal joy, and everlasting love.

~ Thomas Otway, Venice Preserved, Act i. Sc. 1.

A beautiful woman is a practical poet, taming her savage mate, planting tenderness, hope and eloquence in all whom she approaches."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. “Beauty,” The Conduct of Life (1860).

The eternal feminine draws us upward.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We become what we see. William Blake

1 comment:

Christina said...

I love this post. It is a wonderful testament to the grace and strength of a lady, a concept long lost to the modern "woman." I see young girls all around me, even at our own church, angry, sad, insecure, immodest. If only they were being taught the value of virtue. They would have such a different outlook on life, and on their own important role in our society.

Enough about self esteem: the fruits are unhealthy. Let's raise virtuous ladies so I can not fear for my sons.