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Different concepts of beauty

We call anything beautiful that gives us pleasure , and that depends as much upon ourselves as upon what is outside . Perhaps the majority of people find the sea beautiful when it is blue . If someone has lived in Italy as a child , and has to live beside the grey northern seas when he is grown up , he will think that the grey seas are ugly ; and that nothing can be so beautiful as the blue Mediterranean . But suppose a Scotsman who loves Scotland had to go and live in Italy . He might find the blue sea after a little while very uninteresting . Only when he went home and saw the grey sea again would he find the sea beautiful .

We are made in different ways , and grey may be just as beautiful as blue , just as the cry of a baby may be found more sweet in someone’s ears than the finest singer that ever live . Nothing is beautiful or ugly in itself , but thinking makes it so .

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