the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

the reality

“Together they had overcome the daily incomprehension, the instantaneous hatred, the reciprocal nastiness, and fabulous flashes of glory in the conjugal conspiracy. It was time when they both loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity. Life would still present them with other moral trials, of course, but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore.”

Gabriel García Márquez on marriage in Love in the Time of Cholera

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preservation

 

Even the most beautiful body is soon destroyed by age. Where is beauty then? Only art makes human beauty endure. You must devise an artist’s scheme to preserve it. You must commit suicide at the height of your beauty.

Yukio mishima “A Life in Four Chapters”

(photo: proust on his deathbed by man ray)