“To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Then, and then only, does it comes into existence.” Oscar Wilde
This is one of my favorite quotes. It is just a tiny snippet from an essay by Oscar Wilde about art and is a fragment of a wonderful imagined conversation between two people discussing the relationship of art to nature and much more besides. It is Wilde at his most scintillating and also puts forward the most intriguing arguments. If you can find “The Decay of Lying” in full it is well worth reading.