Quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people is satisfied with ornament
This quote suggests that true art connoisseurs possess a deep appreciation for the inherent beauty and essence of art, while the majority of people are content with surface-level adornments and external attractiveness. In other words, it highlights the distinction between those who seek to understand and connect with the deeper meaning and value of art, and those who merely seek superficial visual appeal.
Intellectual and moral growth is no less indispensable than material improvement. Knowledge is a viaticum. Though is a prime necessity; truth is nourishment, like wheat. A reasoning faculty, deprived of knowledge and wisdom, pines away. We should feel the same pity for minds that do not eat as for stomachs. If there be anything sadder than a body perishing for want of bread, it is a mind dying of hunger for lack of light. All progress tends toward the solution. Some day, people will be amazed. As the human race ascends, the deepest layers will naturally emerge from the zone of distress. The effacement of wretchedness will be effected by a simple elevation level.