The Essence Of A Beautiful WordEssence is not only beautiful in its sound, but also in concept. Only when we peel away all that distracts or conceals do we feel or express the essence of a thing.
“Essence” is defined as the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of being; the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing especially as opposed to the thing itself (a painting that captures the essence of the land); one who possesses or exhibits a quality in abundance as if in concentrated form (she was the essence of punctuality); the most significant element, quality, or aspect of a thing or person (the essence of the issue).
Some examples from those who have considered and valued this beautiful word:
“Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.” (Henri Cartier-Bresson)
“Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant.” (Glenda Jackson)
“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” (John Kenneth Galbraith)
“Desire is the essence of a man.” (Baruch Spinoza)
“All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.” (Thomas Aquinas)
WildeOscar 51-55, M 2 Responses 2 Jan 28, 2011