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Beauty consists of an eternal, invariable element, whose quantity is excessively difficult to determine, and of a relative, circumstantial element, which will be, if you like, by turns or all together, the era, its fashion, its morals, its passions.
Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), French poet, critic. The Painter of Modern Life, I "Beauty, Fashion, and Happiness," (1863).
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