Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In nature, all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful, because it is alive, moving, reproductive; it is therefore useful, because it is symmetrical and fair. Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece. It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Art," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

Emerson argues that art is not separate from our daily lives but one and the same. Hence he dismisses galleries and museums as the repositories of beauty, but instead looks to nature and the work life of the common person.
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