Beauty Quotes and Proverbs
and Bruce Cryer, From
Chaos to Coherence
As any jazz musician knows, it takes flexibility and adaptability for improvisation
to create beauty.
A person is only beautiful, when their own beauty, is reflecting on to others.
Those who look for beauty, find it.
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Mary Baker Eddy
The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from
the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious
freedom of spiritual harmony.
[The lover says:] How beautiful you are, now that you love me.
Beauty lies in the specific looks of a person, rather than the object, because
different people feel beauty in differnt things.
There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form
of an object be what it may, -- light, shade, and perspective will always
make it beautiful.
Remy de Gourmont
The ever-present phenomenon ceases to exist for our senses. It was a city dweller,
or a prisoner, or a blind man suddenly given his sight, who first noted natural
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting
the heart asunder.
Once in a lifetime a really beautiful song comes along ... Until it does,
I'd like to do this one.
The beautiful remains so in ugly surroundings.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Lucille S. Harper
Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician.
Beauty is not real. Beauty only exists in perception.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source
of all true art and science.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry
it with us or we find it not.
Let us worry about beauty first, and truth will take care of itself.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind.
Richard Buckminster Fuller
When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how
to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
Beauty is a fruit which we look at without trying to seize it.
D. H. Lawrence Assorted Articles
Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement
of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.
What ails us is that our sense of beauty is so bruised and blunted, we miss
all the best.
Beauty and sadness always go together.
Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth
Upon the earth without a meet alloy.
David Hume ("Of the Standard of Taste" Four Dissertations)
Beauty is no quality in things themselves: it exists merely in the mind which
Khalil Gibran, (1883 - 1931)
Beauty is not in the face;
beauty is a light in the heart.
Beauty comes in all sizes not just size 5.
Always remember that true beauty comes from within from within bottles,
jars, compacts, and tubes.
For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is
as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful
mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn't write anything without
hope in it.
It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we
can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the
outdoors will be here forever.
It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.
Roy R. Gilson
Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the
Spring when it is gone.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture
every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense
of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Havelock Ellis ["Impressions and Comments" (1914)]
The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
Anton Chekhov ["Uncle Vanya" (1897)]
Sonya: No! No! When a woman isn't beautiful, people tell her. "You have
lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted,
bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.
People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun
is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if
there is a light within.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar
objects be as if they were not familiar.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If eyes were made for seeing, then Beauty is it's own excuse for being.
Louis Orr (speech to the American Medical Association, 6/6/60)
Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor
can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness,
the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific
mastery of nature.
Then we shall rise and view ourselves with clearer eyes in that calm region
where no night can hide us from each other's sight.
Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something
The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases; it will never
pass into nothingness.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There
is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our
Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God.
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing
beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better
I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what
it may, light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts;
which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is
the mean of many extremes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak
to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
John Kenneth Galbraith
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes
its pursuit so interesting.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness.
I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep
enough. What do you wantan adorable pancreas?
The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one
should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine
through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you
are not attractive--you are leaking.
W. Somerset Maugham
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to
be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that
Edgar Allen Poe
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the
sensitive soul to tears.
Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with
the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images
of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but
of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue
to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.
How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last
Man makes holy what he believes, as he makes beautiful what he loves.
Katherine Anne Porter
The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's owneven
more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for
Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty,
just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment;
the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.
To me, fair friend, you never can be old
For as you were when first your eye I eyed, Such seems your beauty still.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too
short a date.
George Bernard Shaw
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has
been in the house three days?
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel
and be affected by it.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Beauty seen is never lost, God's colors all are fast.
David McArthur and Bruce McArthur, The Intelligent Heart
Most of us have had moments in childhood when we touched the divine presence.
We did not think it extraordinary because it wasn't; it was just a beautiful
moment filled with love. In those simple moments our hearts were alive, and
we saw the poignant beauty of life vividly with wonder and appreciation.