"Order is the shape upon which beauty depends."

 
"Order is the shape upon which beauty depends." -Pearl S. Buck

"Order is the shape upon which beauty depends." -Pearl S. Buck

Perhaps best known for writing "The Good Earth," Pearl S. Buck wrote over 100 works throughout her lifetime, including "To My Daughters, with Love" from which this particular quote is pulled.

Now out of print, and with limited availability, "To My Daughters, With Love," was published in 1967. In the book Pearl Buck writes her own seven daughters, and all the daughters of the world. She writes on: youth, love, marriage, children, the roles of women, and the values to live life by.

"Order is the shape upon which beauty depends."
Because without order, beauty just gets swallowed up in chaos, but then again:

"Chaos is perhaps at the bottom of everything."
-George Santayana

Or maybe chaos always wins?

"Where the chaos meets order, usually chaos wins, because it is better organized."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

So maybe really, the best we can ever hope for is to stem the tide of chaos, and appreciate the beauty while it lasts.