(…) we find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates. A phosphorescent jewel gives off its glow and color in the dark and loses its beauty in the light of day. Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
Junichirô Tanizaki, “In Praise Of Shadows”
Darkness …. sadness … so like the blackness of the cosmos against which our joys burn fleetingly, tentatively, like the stars and comets. Light and darkness, each enhancing the beauty of the other.
—Michael Boiano (via journalofanobody)