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Isn’t this the nerdiest website ever? A description of all the quotes along the halls of the Library of Congress.

It holds such gems as:

The noblest virtue is the public good

– Virgil

But the best quote was from Yeats. In fact its so good, I might even rename my blog after it: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty”. The full stanza runs thus:

“When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”

– Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

Apparently those last two lines are the most famous lines in English poetry, and much discussed for their ambiguity. Maybe its the Romantic in me, but their meaning can’t help but be apparent. The urn speaks with full confidence in the rationality of man, that his prying may pierce the skin of the universe itself and therein lies the true beauty of Creation. It’s terribly Enlightenment.

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One Comment

  1. Brilliant find! But you’ve made a typo here: Ode on a Grecian Urn is Keats.


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