Antiquity. I prefer ruins to reconstructions.Joubert’s observation acquires an odd poignance when we see the architecture and art of antiquity destroyed by fanatics.
The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert: A Selection , trans. Paul Auster (New York: New York Review Books, 2005).
See also Robert Walser on “former beauty.”
Also from Joseph Joubert
Another world : Form and content : Irrelevancies and solid objects : Lives and writings : New books, old books : Politeness : Resignation and courage : Self-love and truth : Thinking and writing