By Josef Albers
In the world, there exists no aesthetic plane, not even the aesthetic plane of goodness.
All efforts to make politics aesthetic culminate in one thing, war.
Aesthetic life is not something sophisticated – that’s a humanistic lie. Aesthetic life is as integral to being human as building sandcastles on the beach and giving your children names.
In judging of a beautiful statue, the aesthetic faculty is absolutely and completely gratified by the splendid curves of those marble lips that are dumb to our complaint, the noble modeling of those limbs that are powerless to help us.
Art has the qualities of aesthetic beauty, purity, transcendence.
Love is an aesthetic, studded with fairy tales.
It’s odd that there is a high level of appreciation of nature. There is the aesthetic side that really loves nature and beauty.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion.
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics – a rational ethics – as a precondition of rebirth.
It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so “don’t fuss, dear; get on with it.”
Sunglasses are great, but I always feel a bit pretentious wearing sunglasses. I mean, I do love to wear them.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
Nature is probably quite indifferent to the aesthetic preferences of mathematicians.
In the life of the individual, an aesthetic sensibility is both more authentic and more commendable than a political or religious one.
Styles may change, details may come and go, but the broad demands of aesthetic judgment are permanent.
Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.
The aesthetic principle is the same in every art, only the material differs.
Ethics and aesthetics are one.
You can’t buy the vision, and you can’t buy aesthetic.