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A thing of beauty is a joy forever

Meaning

Literal meaning.

Origin

keatsFrom John Keats' epic poem, Endymion, 1818:

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

See also, 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'.

See also: the List of Proverbs.