"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. To affect the quality of the day – that is the highest of arts."
Henry David Thoreau
The crowds that lined the streets and overpasses to pay their respect as Senator Kennedy's hearse passed by, the mind boggling lines of people who waited patiently to give their condolences to his family as he lay in state, all seemed to have a story to tell of how the Senator had helped either themselves, or someone dear to them.
Ted Kennedy affected the quality of the day for many people, and the quality of their lives as well. He changed lives, and he changed the way many look at life.
By Thoreau's standard, he was truly an artist of the highest order.