Beauty is, in some way, boring. Even if its concept changes through the ages… a beautiful object must always follow certain rules. A beautiful nose shouldn’t be longer than that or shorter than that, on the contrary, an ugly nose can be as long as the one of Pinocchio, or as big as the trunk of an elephant, or like the beak of an eagle, and so ugliness is unpredictable, and offers an infinite range of possibility. Beauty is finite, ugliness is infinite like God.
∆ Umberto Eco, On The History Of Ugliness
“Limit everything to the essential but do not remove the poetry.”
— Dieter Rams, quoted in Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams
“Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.” ― Maggie Nelson, Bluets