Quote Day- It does to Them


“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is…and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply imprisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.” 
― Robert A. Heinlein


Read some Heinlein. Read anything. Read. 

# for Reticent Mental Property on Quote Day.  Picture credit to the web at Artistsandillustrators.co.uk

5 thoughts on “Quote Day- It does to Them

  1. The only thing about this quote is the assumption that old = ugly. I disagree, sometimes older = more beautiful. That beautiful girl of 18 is not trapped, she appears in cheekbones, eye crinkles, a smile. i was not born to be admired for my beauty, Hopefully, I am beautiful because I am me — young or old.

    PS. DId you take a peek at Artby Valerio’s piece: Dutch evenings Italian company?


  2. Yes, dievca, there are many interpretations of beauty. The semantics of the word alone- staggering. And this is why the quote is so meaningful, yes? Valerio’s pieces are fun and open to interpretation as well. Enjoyed learning about him as I researched for this post. Happy Friday to you…xo


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