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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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

Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A beautiful soul has no other merit than its own existence.

— Friedrich Schiller

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.

— Friedrich Schiller

The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love.

— Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe.

— Gabriela Mistral, Desolacíon

Beauty isn’t worth thinking about; what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.

— Garrison Keillor

Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.

— Gary Allan

Plainness has its peculiar temptations quite as much as beauty.

— George Eliot

She walks in beauty like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

— George Gordon, Lord Byron

Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.

— George W. Russell

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.

— George Washington Carver

I said to myself — I’ll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it — I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small it takes time — we haven’t time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Every woman knows that, regardless of all her other achievements, she is a failure if she is not beautiful.

— Germaine Greer, The Whole Woman

I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.

— Gertrude Stein

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or kick-ass red lipstick.

— Gwyneth Paltrow

Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.

— H.G. Wells

The world is merciless, and it’s also very beautiful.

— Hajime Isayama

I know that pain is the most important thing in the universes. Greater than survival, greater than love, greater even than the beauty it brings about. For without pain, there can be no pleasure. Without sadness, there can be no happiness. Without misery there can be no beauty. And without these, life is endless, hopeless, doomed and damned. Adult. You have become adult.

— Harlan Ellison

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

— Harold B. Melchart

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls. Why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

This sense of the unfathomable beautiful ocean of existence drew me into science. I am awed by the universe, puzzled by it and sometimes angry at a natural order that brings such pain and suffering, Yet an emotion or feeling I have toward the cosmos seems to be reciprocated by neither benevolence nor hostility but just by silence. The universe appears to be a perfectly neutral screen unto which I can project any passion or attitude, and it supports them all.

— Heintz Rudolph Pagels

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.

— Helen Keller

Being powerful is so much more interesting than being beautiful.

— Helen Mirren

The perception of beauty is a moral test.

— Henry David Thoreau

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

— Henry Miller

Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.

— Henry Rollins

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and look up at the stars.

— Henry Van Dyke

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.

— Horace Friess

Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.

— Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through.

— Janelle Monae

I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?

— Jean Kerr

In play we move below the level of the serious, as the child does; but we can also move above it — in the realm of the beautiful and the sacred.

— Johan Huizinga

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.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.

— John Burroughs

Where Beauty was, nothing ever ran quite straight, which, no doubt, was why so many people looked on it as immoral.

— John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness.

— John Keats, Endymion

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.

— John Lennon

Exquisite beauty is often hidden in life’s fragile, fleeting moments.

— John Mark Green, Taste the Wild Wonder: Poems

If you’re pretty, you’re pretty; but the only way to be beautiful is to be loving. Otherwise, it’s just ‘Congratulations about your face.’

— John Mayer

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

— John Muir

Beauty is the illumination of your soul.

— John O’Donohue

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.

— John Ruskin

I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, nor destroy any beautiful thing, but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life, and guard and perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.

— John Ruskin

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.

— John Ruskin

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

— John Ruskin

You can only possess beauty through understanding it.

— John Ruskin

There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals.

— John Ruskin

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.

— John Ruskin

Anything which elevates the mind is sublime. Greatness of matter, space, power, virtue or beauty, are all sublime.

— John Ruskin

Milton saw not, and Beethoven heard not, but the sense of beauty was upon them, and they fain must speak.

— John Ruskin

Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.

— John Ruskin

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for example.

— John Ruskin

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature.

— Joseph Addison

There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.

— Joseph Addison

Flawed, we’re truly interesting, truly memorable, and yes, truly beautiful.

— Justina Chen Headley

When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty.

— Kahlil Gibran

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

— Kahlil Gibran

The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.

— Kahlil Gibran

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.

— Kahlil Gibran

Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.

— Kahlil Gibran

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

— Kahlil Gibran

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

— Kahlil Gibran
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