Friday, December 28, 2007


Crystallization is a concept, developed in 1822 by the French writer Stendhal, which describes the process, or mental metamorphosis, in which unattractive characteristics of a new love are transformed into perceptual diamonds of shimmering beauty. He used this as a metaphor for love after visiting a salt mine and observing the physical process of crystallization.

Stendhal wrote: "I call 'crystallization' that action of the mind that discovers fresh perfections in its beloved at every turn of events."

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