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

— Kahlil Gibran

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence;
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And Tomorrow is only a Vision;
But Today well lived makes every
Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and every
Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.

— Kalidasa, from the Sanskrit

I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.

— Kate Winslet

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own — even more, one’s own, for that has been put into our care and we are responsible for its well-being.

— Katherine Anne Porter

The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day.

— Kenneth Patton

It’s sad when girls think they don’t have anything going on except being pretty.

— Keri Russell

Every day is an opportunity to stand in awe when witnessing the overpowering presence of nature, an apt time to pay reverence for the inestimable beauty of life. I must remain mindful to live in an ethical manner by paying attention to the threat of injustice towards other people and resist capitulating to the absurdity of being a finite body born into infinite space and time. I am part of the world, a spar in a sacred composition, a body of energy suspended in the cosmos. I seek to create a poetic personal testament to life.

— Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

— Kinky Friedman

Do not be hardened by the pain
and cruelty of this world.
Be strong enough to be gentle,
to be soft and supple like running water,
gracefully bending around sudden turns,
lithely waving in strong winds,
freely flowing over sharp rocks,
all the while quietly sculpting
this hard world into ever deeper beauty,
gently eroding rigid rock into silken sand,
tenderly transforming human cruelty
into humankindness.
Remember, true strength is not found in the stone,
but in the water that shapes the stone.

— L.R. Knost

Real beauty is to be true to oneself.

— Laetitia Casta

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.

— Langston Hughes

I am so tired of waiting.
Aren’t you,
for the world to become good
and beautiful and kind?
Let us take a knife
and cut the world in two—
and see what worms are eating
at the rind.

— Langston Hughes, Good Morning, Revolution: Uncollected Social Protest Writing

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

— Laozi (Lao Tzu), Tao Te Ching

Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

— Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull, The Peter Principle

There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true.

— Laverne Cox

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

— Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Grace overcomes shame, not by uncovering an overlooked cache of excellence in ourselves but simply by accepting us, the whole of us, with no regard to our beauty or our ugliness, our virtue or our vices. We are accepted wholesale. Accepted with no possibility of being rejected. Accepted once and accepted forever. Accepted at the ultimate depth of our being.

— Lewis B. Smedes

A woman always has to prove her beauty.

— Ljupka Cvetanova

Love is a great beautifier.

— Louisa May Alcott

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

— Louisa May Alcott

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

— Louise Bogan

There is beauty in our roots. Sometimes we think our roots are shameful, and people tell you that you’re no good or your ancestors are no good or that you come from a neighborhood of no hope and terrible crime. But it’s about the beauty of those places, and I carry that with me.

— Luis Alberto Urrea

People are more than just the way they look.

— Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.

— Marcus Aurelius, Antoninus

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

The beauty of the past belongs to the past.

— Margaret Bourke-White

Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.

— Margaret Cho

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

— Maria Mitchell

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

— Marilyn Monroe

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.

— Mark Twain

Sometimes people are beautiful not in looks, not in what they say, just in what they are.

— Markus Zusak

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld.

— Martha Beck

To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it’s based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.

— Martha Nussbaum

Something Beautiful Remains
The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, yet echoes on in sweet, soulful refrains.
For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.

— Martha Vashti Pearson, Rivers in the Ocean

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty, they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.

— Martin Buxbaum

We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.

— Mary Oliver

[I]f we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.

— Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A rose does not answer its enemies with words, but with beauty.

— Matshona Dhliwayo

Looking for and enjoying beauty is a way to nourish the soul. the universe is in the habit of making beauty. There are flowers and songs, snowflakes and smiles, acts of great courage, laughter between friends, a job well done, the smell of fresh-baked bread. Beauty is everywhere.

— Matthew Fox

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

— Maya Angelou

When it comes to the beauty of nature, time stops, the space becomes silent and the soul falls asleep while awake!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

Force yourself to find something beautiful in everything you do and you will only do beautiful things.

— Meir Ezra

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.

— Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.

— Miss Piggy, The Muppets

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.

— Mitsugi Saotome

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

— Mohandas K. Gandhi

If a woman loves her own body, she doesn’t grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights.

— Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

It’s true what they say about women: Women are insatiable. We are greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we would ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care. These sexual, emotional, and physical demands would begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.

— Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.

— Naomi Wolf

Always think of what is useful and not what is beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord.

— Nikolai Gogol

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.

— Ninon de L’Enclos

I am thinking of beauty again, how some things are hunted because we have deemed them beautiful. If, relative to the history of our planet, an individual life is so short, a blink, as they say, then to be gorgeous, even from the day you’re born to the day you die, is to be gorgeous only briefly.

— Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?

— Oscar Hammerstein

It is better to be beautiful than good, but it is better to be good than ugly.

— Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.

— Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of Genius–is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

— Oscar Wilde

Accept the responsibility of being yourself as you are, with all that is good and with all that is bad, with all that is beautiful and that which is not beautiful. In that acceptance a transcendence happens and one becomes free.

— Osho

Beauty is a fragile gift.

— Ovid

As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.

— Pablo Neruda

Beauty? To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.

— Pablo Picasso

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.

— Pablo Picasso

Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror.

— Pamela Anderson

Most days I live awed by the world we have still, rather than mourning the worlds we have lost…. So much beauty I often laugh, and my day is made. Still if you wanted to, I think, you could feel sadness without end.

— Paul Bogard

It’s a good thing that beauty is only skin deep, or I’d be rotten to the core.

— Phyllis Diller

The pain passes, but the beauty remains.

— Pierre Auguste Renoir

Beauty is certainly a soft, smooth, slippery thing, and therefore of a nature which easily slips in and permeates our souls.

— Plato, Lysis

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.

— Plato

Inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self.

— Priscilla Presley

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

— Rachel Carson

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.

— Rachel Carson
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