Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Escapable Thing

Thomas Aquinas once said 'Ad pulchritudinem tria requiruntur - integritas consonantia claritas' and, although it is easy to form the integritas [and] to find the consonantia, the claritas is the escapable thing, the spark within the beauty that diffuses it with life and power, the motivating force of 'genius.' Perhaps it is the one excuse for beauty.

George Grant to Maude Grant (Letter 51), George Grant: Selected Letters, Christian, ed. U Toronto P (Toronto: 1996) p. 83.

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