The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation. - Leo Tolstoy (What Is Art? Quotes)

The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation.[Идея красоты есть основная идея всякой вещи. В мире мы видим только извращение основной идеи, – искусство же фантазией может подняться до высоты основной идеи. И потому искусство есть подобие творчества.]

Source:Chapter III
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