From all the fret and fever of the day,
Let there be moments when we turn away,
And, deaf to all confusing outer din,
Intently listen for the voice within.
In quietness and solitude, we find
The soundless wisdom of the deeper mind;
With clear harmonious purpose let us then
Bring richer meaning to the world again.
Monroe Beardsley (1915–1985), an American philosopher, was best known for his work in aesthetics. Beardsley promoted an instrumentalist theory of art. His published works include: Practical Logic (1950), Aesthetics (1958), and Aesthetics: A Short History (1966).