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Quotations about beauty. Is beauty an objective quality, or a product of our perspective and thinking? What makes a person or a thing beautiful? Are our standards of beauty legitimate, or do we value certain kinds of beauty, and only outward beauty, more than the worth of every person?

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Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.

— Abraham Lincoln

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.

— Abraham Lincoln

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.

— Albert Camus

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

— Albert Einstein

[M]y consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.

— Albert Einstein

The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

— Albert Einstein

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

— Aldo Leopold

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.

— Alice Walker

Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it’s a good place that we’re all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it.

— Alice Walker

Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.

— Amit Ray

Beauty is the purest feeling of the soul. Beauty arises when soul is satisfied.

— Amit Ray

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.

— Amy Bloom

Every single person is sacred. Sacred means special, precious, a treasure of true beauty. That means you.

— Amy Leigh Mercree

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

— Anaïs Nin

I think human beings make life beautiful. There’s a lot of beauty in everything. I think what makes life beautiful is the ability to acknowledge that.

— Andrew McMahon

Beauty is a sign of intelligence.

— Andy Warhol

It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.

— Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

— Anne Frank

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

— Anne Frank

Joy is the best makeup.

— Anne Lamott

Beauty is strangely various. There is the beauty of light and joy and strength exulting; but there is also the beauty of shade, of sorrow and sadness, and of humility oppressed.

— Arnold Bennett

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.

— Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself, inside and out.

— Audrey Hepburn

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

— Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

— Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

— Audrey Hepburn

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

— Augustine of Hippo

Beauty and folly are generally companions.

— Baltasar Gracian

The beauty of life is not to live without facing trials, challenges, and difficult times. It is the ability to remain steady, secure, fixed, stable, strong, and unwavering that makes the difference.

— Benjamin Suulola

Focus less on being beautiful, and more on being real.

— Bianca Sparacino

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

— Blaise Pascal

Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.

— Bob Dylan

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

— Buckminster Fuller

We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.

— C.S. Lewis

The best thing is to look natural, but it takes make-up to look natural.

— Calvin Klein

People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don’t have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.

— Candace Bergen

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.

— Carl Sagan

Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

— Charles Lamb

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

— Chinese proverb

In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.

— Christopher Morley

It matters more what’s in a woman’s face than what’s on it.

— Claudette Colbert

Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.

— Coco Chanel

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

— Coco Chanel

Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. And the intelligence which goes with sex and beauty, and arises out of sex and beauty, is intuition.

— D. H. Lawrence

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.

— D. H. Lawrence

“I think it is our nature to believe evil always has an ugly face,” he said, ignoring my question. “Beauty is supposed to be good and kind, and to discover it otherwise is like a betrayal of trust. A violation of the nature of things.”

— Danielle L. Jensen, Stolen Songbird

Beauty awakens the soul to act.

— Dante Alighieri

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

— David Hume

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.

— David Hume

Autumn teaches us a valuable lesson. During summer, all the green trees are beautiful. But there is no time of the year when the trees are more beautiful than when they are different colors. Diversity adds beauty to our world.

— Donald L. Hicks

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

— Douglas Adams

Perhaps what differentiates highly creative ideas from ordinary ones is some combined sense of beauty, simplicity, and harmony.

— Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

When I lay my head on the pillow at night I can say I was a decent person today. That’s when I feel beautiful.

— Drew Barrymore

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

— Edgar Allan Poe

There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

— Edmund Burke

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.

— Edmund Burke

Beauty is whatever gives joy.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.

— Elie Wiesel

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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 from within.

— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.

— Ellen DeGeneres

I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness — and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world.

— Ellen DeGeneres

Above all things physical, it is more important to be beautiful on the inside – to have a big heart and an open mind and a spectacular spleen.

— Ellen DeGeneres

Beauty is not caused. It is.

— Emily Dickinson

The echoes of beauty you’ve seen transpire,
Resound through dying coals of a campfire.

— Ernest Hemingway

For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.

— Evelyn Underhill

The fountain of beauty is the heart and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.

— Francis Quarles

If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

— Franz Kafka

To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments. The land often announced itself with a heavy scent miles out into the ocean. Giovanni di Verrazano in 1524 smelled the cedars of the East Coast a hundred leagues out. The men of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon were temporarily disarmed by the fragrance of the New Jersey shore, while ships running farther up the coast occasionally swam through large beds of floating flowers. Wherever they came inland they found a rich riot of color and sound, of game and luxuriant vegetation. Had they been other than they were, they might have written a new mythology here. As it was, they took inventory.

— Frederick Turner
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