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We make such terrible mistakes with visual choices about beauty. (Marina Abramovic)

Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these. (Ansel Adams)

The sunrise, of course, doesn't care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it. (Gene Amole)

As an artist, I'd choose the thing that's beautiful more than the one that's true. (Laurie Anderson)

Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love. (Anonymous)

Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God. (Jean Anouilh)

On some subconscious level we need beauty, despite its perceived lack of function. (Juliette Aristides)

The beautiful is that which is desirable in itself. (Aristotle)

Soon I realized that if beauty equalled forgiveness, I was never going to be forgiven. (Kevyn Aucoin)

Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul. (Kevyn Aucoin)

Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading. (W. H. Auden)

Oh, beauty, ever ancient and ever new. (Saint Augustine)

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)

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

I choose to paint beauty. (Igor Babailov)

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite. (Sir Francis Bacon)

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. (Sir Francis Bacon)

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. (Sir Francis Bacon)

We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it... We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name whether they admit it or not can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love. (Hans Urs von Balthasar)

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the infinite. (George Bancroft)

Beauty is the oracle that speaks to us all. (Luis Barragan)

Strangeness is the indispensable condiment of all beauty. (Charles Baudelaire)

That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity – that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are a essential part and characteristic of beauty. (Charles Baudelaire)

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated. (Charles Baudelaire)

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase. (Bernard Berenson)

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. (John Berger)

Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. (Al Bernstein)

bait, n. A preparation that renders the hook more palatable. The best kind is beauty. (Ambrose Bierce)

To the beautiful belongs an endless variety. It is seen not only in symmetry and elegance of form, in youth and health, but is often quite as fully apparent in decrepit old age. It is found in the cottage of the peasant as well as the palace of kings. (George Caleb Bingham)

Exuberance is beauty. (William Blake)

Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness, but with poverty everything becomes frightful. (Nicolas Boileau)

Nothing is really beautiful but truth, and truth alone is lovely. (Nicolas Boileau)

- The Wall and the Books, 1961...
Music, states of happiness, mythology, faces belabored by time, certain twilights and certain places try to tell us something, or have said something we should not have missed, or are about to say something; this imminence of a revelation which does not occur is, perhaps, the aesthetic phenomenon. (Jorge Luis Borges)

A painted landscape is always more beautiful than a real one, because there's more there. Everything is more sensual, and one takes refuge in its beauty. (Fernando Botero)

A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one's life. There is an urge to say, 'I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.' (Alain de Botton)

The beauty of the past belongs to the past. (Margaret Bourke-White)

Beauty is not the purpose of creation, it is its reward. Its appearance, often late in the day, is no more than an indication that the disrupted equilibrium between man and nature has once again been restored by art. Submitted to this test, what remains of contemporary works of art? (Gyula Halasz, Brassai)

Does a rose exist that I might behold it? Or do I exist that a rose might be beheld? (Robert Brault)

Art that's devoid of concept is usually beautiful. That's its problem. Conceptual art is usually problematic. That's the beauty of it. (Bozidar Brazda)

- Nadja, 1926...
Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all. (Andre Breton)

Let us not mince words... the marvelous is always beautiful, anything marvelous is beautiful, in fact only the marvelous is beautiful. (Andre Breton)

- The Life of an Artist: An Autobiography...
The wretched beings depicted by Millet touch us profoundly because he loved them profoundly. They have nothing in common with vulgar ugliness. Beauty will always remain the highest aim of art. (Jules Breton)

For beauty being the best of all we know / Sums up the unsearchable and secret aims / Of nature. (Robert Bridges)

Incredibly, inordinately, devastatingly, immortally, calamitously, hearteningly, adorably beautiful. (Rupert Brooke)

Real beauty is most often a tingling surprise to the eye. It goes against the common, which is one of the reasons it is spellbinding... Oh, yes, I'm rattled to the bone by beauty. (Harley Brown)

I cannot tell by what logic we call a toad, a bear, or an elephant ugly; they being created in those outward shapes and figures which best express the actions of their inward forms. (Thomas Browne)

The beautiful seems right by force of beauty and the feeble wrong because of weakness. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

If you get simple beauty and naught else, you get about the best thing God invents. (Robert Browning)

Art employs method for the symmetrical formation of beauty, as science employs it for the logical exposition of truth; but the mechanical process is, in the last, ever kept visibly distinct, while in the first it escapes from sight amid the shows of color and the curves of grace. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

It was Matisse who took the first step into the undiscovered land of the ugly. (Gelett Burgess)

I do not bring beauty to people's lives; I, perhaps, draw their attention to beauty which is already there. (George Buytendorp)

She walks in Beauty, like the night / Of cloudness climes and starry skies, / And all that's best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes... (Lord Byron)

Beauty is everywhere, but one may see the beautiful view and the other sees a dirty window. You have the power within you to choose what you see, what you think and what you paint. (Leanne Cadden)

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason. (John Cage)

Beauty always has something remote. (Elias Canetti)

The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest gift of the human cerebrum. (Alexis Carrel)

The cello is like a beautiful woman who has not grown older but younger with time, more slender, more supple, more graceful. (Pablo Casals)

The flower in the vase smiles, but no longer laughs. (Malcolm de Chazal)

The only thing worse than an ugly painting is a big and ugly painting. (Scott L. Christensen)

Beauty is the greatest seducer of man. (Paulo Coelho)

There can be no better training in the discrimination of what is healthy and beautiful in men and women than a severe course of drawings from casts of antique [Greek] statues. (John Collier)

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. (Confucius)

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 perpective will always make it beautiful. (John Constable)

Beauty is the attractive power of perfection. (Ananda Coomaraswamy)

Beauty in art is truth bathed in an impression received from nature. I am struck upon seeing a certain place. While I strive for conscientious imitation, I yet never for an instant lose the emotion that has taken hold of me. (Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot)

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found, it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it. (Gustave Courbet)

Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it. (Gustave Courbet)

The beautiful cannot be the way to what is useful, or to what is good, or to what is holy; it leads only to itself. (Victor Cousin)

Beauty is good for you. It makes you feel better. (Alexander Creswell)

I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it. (Salvador Dali)

We need beauty in our lives. We're hard-wired for it, and this need has been with us since the earliest human groupings. Creating art allows us to express our deepest feelings and ideas without having to put a name to them. (Robert Dalton)

The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear. (Richard Dawkins)

The most beautiful things in art come from renunciation. (Edgar Degas)

Of which beauty will you speak? There are many: there are a thousand: there is one for every look, for every spirit, adapted to each taste, to each particular constitution. (Eugene Delacroix)

What makes sovereign ugliness are our conventions. (Eugene Delacroix)

Art is the richest gift of heaven to earth. The true artist never grows old. He is never too old to feel the charm of divine beauty. (Francois Delsarte)

Love really does make everything beautiful, from the inside out. (Jan Denise)

Beauty only happens once. (Jacques Derrida)

The most beautiful colors of a painting, a universe or a pun. / Where sometimes we find are two, there was only room for one. (Epic Dewfall)

Beauty is not caused. It is. (Emily Dickinson)

Beauty crowds me till I die. (Emily Dickinson)

It's a good thing that beauty is only skin deep, or I'd be rotten to the core. (Phyllis Diller)

I'm not that obsessed with making representations of ugliness. Everything I've seen is beautiful... (Otto Dix)

The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man. (Fyodor Dostoevski)

Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; / Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way: / Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on, / And see the dangers that we cannot shun. (John Dryden)

When beauty fires the blood, how love exalts the mind! (John Dryden)

Mud, rubbish and dirt are man's companions all his life; shouldn't they be precious to him, and isn't one doing man's service to remind him of their beauty? (Jean Dubuffet)

I thought to discourage aesthetics... I threw the bottlerack and the urinal in their faces and now they admire them for their aesthetic beauty. (Marcel Duchamp)

What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things. (Albrecht Durer)

What delights us in visible beauty is the invisible. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Each moment of the year has its own beauty... a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Which do we decide to see, beauty or its opposite? How do we decide to live our lives? (Ian Factor)

Don't blame me. I didn't create beauty. I just steal little bits of it for my art. (Richard Ferguson)

An artist friend holds up a flower and says, 'Look how beautiful it is,' and I agree. Then he says, 'I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist will take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing'... Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is... I see much more about the flower than he sees... beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes... It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts. (Richard Feynman)

What is the beautiful, if not the impossible. (Gustave Flaubert)

Nonsense and beauty have close connections. (E. M. Forster)

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I've finished, if the solution isn't beautiful, I know it's wrong. (Buckminster Fuller)

Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts. (Serge Gainsbourg)

There's too much beauty upon this earth for lonely men to bear. (Richard Le Gallienne)

To a true artist only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior, shines with the truth within the soul. (Mahatma Gandhi)

There are two sorts of beauty; one is the result of instinct, the other of study. A combination of the two, with the resulting modifications, brings with it a very complicated richness, which the art critic ought to try to discover. (Paul Gauguin)

I would like to say to people, open your eyes and find beauty where you normally don't expect it. (Jean Paul Gaultier)

To extract beauty from one's own milieu is one of the most difficult tasks of art. (Theophile Gautier)

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor. (John Paul Getty)

Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. (Kahlil Gibran)

Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason. (Andre Gide)

You were given life; it is your duty... to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone. (Roy R. Gilson)

In addition to the beautiful aesthetic of the animal with its complex and powerful muscle structure and flowing mane and tail, I find the romance and history of the horse to be very compelling and alluring. (Paul van Ginkel)

Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion. (Jean-Luc Godard)

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. (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. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Art is constitutive – the artist determines beauty. He does not take it over. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Beauty is what sustains things, although beauty is underwritten by pain and fear. (Andy Goldsworthy)

There have been many definitions of beauty in art. What is it? Beauty is what the untrained eyes consider abominable. (Edmond and Jules De Goncourt)

Since art is the expression of beauty and beauty can be understood only in the form of the material elements of the true idea it contains, art has become almost uniquely feminine. Beauty is woman, and also art is woman. (Remy de Gourmont)

There is no beauty unaided, no excellence that does not sink to the barbarous, unless saved by art. (Baltasar Gracian)

The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. There is therefore, something in true beauty that corresponds with right reason, and is not the mere creation of fancy. (Lord Greville)

A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? (Ernst Haas)

Art gives us the opportunity to escape the mundanity and ugliness of life and enter into an extraordinary world of imagination, creativity and beauty. (Hap Hagood)

Beauty lay not in the thing, but in what the thing symbolized. (Thomas Hardy)

Beauty is a living abiding presence completely untouchable by all the devices of man, such as moral codes, creeds, intellectual analysis, games and cliches, the acquisitive instinct, or lust for anything whatsoever. (Lawren Harris)

For the arts epitomize, intensify and clarify the experience of beauty for us as nothing else can. (Lawren Harris)

The power of beauty at work in man, as the artist has always known, is severe and exacting, and once evoked, will never leave him alone, until he brings his work and life into some semblance of harmony with its spirit. (Lawren Harris)

Ugly facts are a challenge to beautify them. (Henry S. Haskins)

Try to do ugly things so that you make them beautiful... The more delicate the thing is in nature the more one must look for the solemn note. Color in nature is never pretty, it's beautiful. (Charles Hawthorne)

Anything under the sun is beautiful of you have the vision - it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so. (Charles Hawthorne)

Perhaps if we lived with less physical beauty we would develop our true natures more. (Shirley Hazard)

You're beautiful, like a May fly. (Ernest Hemingway)

The highest form of beauty is where no form and no structure are left. (Hoseki Shin'ichi Hisamatsu)

Loads of people, particularly artists, hate pretty pictures. Now I've never met anyone who didn't like a pretty face. (David Hockney)

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

Nothing's beautiful from every point of view. (Horace)

While I know that the beautiful, the spiritual and the sublime are today suspect, I have begun to stop resisting the constant urge to deny that beauty has a valid right to exist in contemporary art. (Ian Hornak)

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. (David Hume)

Beauty is altogether in the eye of the beholder. (Margaret Wolfe Hungerford)

Elaboration is not beauty, and sand-paper never finished a piece of bad work. (William Morris Hunt)

Not knowing all of the conventions of beauty, he [Tom Thomson] found it all beautiful. (A. Y. Jackson)

In art economy is always beauty. (Henry James)

- The Listener...
No one can depict desolation who hasn't inhabited desolation and observed it very closely. Things condemned have a terrible beauty. (Tove Jansson)

It is conventional to call 'monster' any blending of dissonant elements. I call 'monster' every original inexhaustible beauty. (Alfred Jarry)

The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live. (R. Jefferies)

Know that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful. (Robinson Jeffers)

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. (Franz Kafka)

That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul. (Wassily Kandinsky)

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. (John Keats)

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. (John Keats)

The beauty of things must be that they end. (Jack Kerouac)

Without an allegiance to beauty, art degenerates into a caricature of itself. It is beauty that animates aesthetic experience, making it so seductive; but aesthetic experience itself degenerates into a kind of fetish or idol if it is held up as an end in itself, untested by the rest of life. (Roger Kimball)

The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it. (Paul Klee)

To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers. (Paul Klee)

For me the Koenigsberg longshoremen had beauty; the Polish jimkes on their grain ships had beauty; the broad freedom of movement in the gestures of the common people had beauty. Middle-class people held no appeal for me at all. (Kathe Kollwitz)

The beauty of wabi-sabi is, in one respect, the condition of coming to terms with what you consider ugly. Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. (Leonard Koren)

- Aloneness Is Not Loneliness / The Book of Life...
Only when the mind is completely alone can it know what is beauty, and not in any other state. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Beauty is also submitted to the taste of time... (Karl Lagerfeld)

Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you. (Anne Lamott)

To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply. (Dorothea Lange)

Icebergs are beyond beauty - objets d'art. (Diane Langlois)

Too often the real beauty of life is missed as we submit to the daily grind. One role of the artist is to observe the beauty that others miss and help them see it through their creative pursuits. (Gary Lanthrum)

We must never confuse elegance with snobbery. (Yves Saint Laurent)

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven. (John Lubbock)

For, when with beauty we can virtue join, we paint the semblance of a form divine. (Maurice Maeterlinck)

It is the artist's job to revere beauty without being enchanted by it, to aim for it but also to aim for truth and goodness – just in case they, and not beauty, are the real things of value. (Eric Maisel)

The strange, unbeautiful face beautiful in its ugliness; the perfect, beautiful face ugly in its perfection. (Eric Maisel)

Beauty can pierce one like a pain. (Thomas Mann)

Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect? Love. (Yann Martel)

I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it. (Alexander McQueen)

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. (Felix Mendelssohn)

Beauty appears when something is completely and absolutely and openly itself. (Deena Metzger)

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities. (Michelangelo)

Euclid alone / Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they / Who, though once only and then but far away, / Have heard her massive sandal set on stone. (Edna St. Vincent Millay)

Those who find beauty in a landscape do so because it touches a place of beauty already within themselves. (Courtney Milne)

The intensity with which a subject is grasped - that is what makes for beauty in art. (Paula Modersohn-Becker)

The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore the object must be eliminated from the picture. (Piet Mondrian)

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. (Thomas Moore)

At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. (Toni Morrison)

None of Nature's landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild. (John Muir)

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty! (John Muir)

Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail. (Edward A. Navajo)

Beauty is whatever gives joy. (Hugh Nibley)

For me beauty is valued more than anything - the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or in an act of creativity. (Oscar Niemeyer)

The cult of ugliness is a regression. It destroys our appetite, our love for our world. (Anais Nin)

A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art. (Louis Nizer)

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

The bones seem to cut sharply to the center of something that is keenly alive on the desert even tho' it is vast and empty and untouchable... and knows no kindness with all its beauty. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty. (Phil Ochs)

Without art, without beauty, our life would be poor, dull and unemotional, and it could bring about erosion of the human soul. (Valentin Okorokov)

We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it. (Mary Oliver)

Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness. (Ouida)

Beauty is a fragile gift. (Ovid)

I don't want it all to be pretty – it's a combination of loss and gain. Things are born, live and hang in limbo. That's what life's about... (Cornelia Parker)

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it. (Walter Pater)

Beauty is the vocation bestowed on the artist by the Creator in the gift of artistic talent. (Pope John Paul II)

Beauty is excrescence, superabundance, random ebulience, and sheer delightful waste to be enjoyed in its own right. (Donald Culross Peattie)

Why is art beautiful? Because it's useless. Why is life ugly? Because it's all ends and purposes and intentions. (Fernando Pessoa)

All poetry and music, and art of every true sort, bears witness to man's continual falling in love with beauty and his desperate attempt to induce beauty to live with him and enrich his common life. (J. B. Phillips)

Beauty may be perceived in any scene by one with sympathy and understanding. Beauty is in the mind. (Walter J. Phillips)

For he who would proceed aright... should begin in youth to visit beautiful forms... out of that he should create fair thoughts; and soon he will of himself perceive that the beauty of one form is akin to the beauty of another, and that beauty in every form is one and the same. (Plato)

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also... (Plotinus)

- b.AD 204 d.AD 270...
We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order... (Plotinus)

The things that we perceive as beautiful may be different, but the actual characteristics we ascribe to beautiful objects are similar. Think about it. When something strikes us as beautiful, it displays more presence and sharpness of shape and vividness of color, doesn't it? It stands out. (James Redfield)

Why should beauty be suspect? (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

There is much beauty here, because everywhere there is much beauty. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty. (Auguste Rodin)

There is nothing ugly in art except that which is without character, that is to say, that which offers no outer or inner truth. (Auguste Rodin)

- Divergent...
Who cares about pretty? I'm going for noticeable. (Veronica Roth)

Beauty is the promise of happiness. (Henri Rousseau)

I can't stop pointing to the beauty. Every moment and place says, 'Put this design in your carpet!' (Rumi)

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies, for instance. (John Ruskin)

Nothing can be beautiful which is not true. (John Ruskin)

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. (Bertrand Russell)

Our hearts were drunk with a beauty / Our eyes could never see. (George William Russell)

Every person is able to add beauty, whether by growing flowers, or singing, or cooking luscious meals, or raising sweet pets. Every part of life can be art. (Cynthia Rylant)

People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet. (Sa'di)

Beauty does not exist to be ignored, rather it is a reflection of the soul that invites our participation. (Linda Saccoccio)

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Beauty without a receptive organ is just physics. (Bill Sander)

Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable: what it is or what it means can never be said. (George Santayana)

If you have never seen beauty in a moment of suffering, you have never seen beauty at all. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Nature's beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude. (Louis Schwartzberg)

Beauty matters. It is not just a subjective thing but a universal need of human beings. If we ignore this need we find ourselves in a spiritual desert. (Roger Scruton)

Beauty is the love that we devote to an object. (Paul Serusier)

Our souls seek beauty to create and to experience, but we sometimes find ourselves standing in the quicksand of an adverse culture. (Robert Sesco)

Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. (William Shakespeare)

Offensive objects, at a proper distance, acquire even a degree of beauty. (William Shenstone)

Beauty exists in four sides of the wall. (Twix Sia)

Someone spoke to me of the beauty in a grain of sand. I placed that beauty beneath the microscope of my limited knowledge and realized it was not powerful enough to see between the spaces of the atoms, the information held by time. (Lynda Gaelyn Smith)

Ownership of something beautiful does not make it more beautiful. (William Carmen Soyak III)

The whole idea of how art's been affecting people for centuries and what beauty can do to people - this is an incredibly rich area of human experience. (Doug and Mike Starn)

A beautiful woman can be painted as a totem only; not as a woman, but as a Madonna, a queen, a sphinx. (Saul Steinberg)

Beauty seen makes the one who sees it more beautiful. (David Steindl-Rast)

The sight of anything extremely beautiful, in nature or in art, brings back the memory of what one loves, with the speed of lightning. (Stendhal)

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. (Wallace Stevens)

Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers. (Wallace Stevens)

One can only reach complete beauty... by means of an irrational game... where form and color are not means in themselves, but means of liberating the strongest functions of the image residing in the imagination. (Max Walter Svanberg)

Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. (Junichiro Tanizaki)

One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve. (Henry David Thoreau)

To become aware of the subtlety of nature you need to be alert. The moment you become alert you become still... thinking subsides. That is actually a higher state of consciousness than thinking. (Eckhart Tolle)

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. (Leo Tolstoy)

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? (Lily Tomlin)

Elegance means appreciating things as they are. There is a sense of delight and of fearlessness. You are not fearful of dark corners... (Chogyam Trungpa)

The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth. (Henry Theodore Tuckerman)

To select, combine and concentrate that which is beautiful in nature and admirable in art is as much the business of the landscape painter in his line as in the other departments of art. (J. M. W. Turner)

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One is apt to overestimate beauty when it is rare. (Mark Twain)

All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten. The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten. (Chuang Tzu)

The most beautiful stones have been tossed by the wind and washed by the water and polished to brilliance by life's strongest storms. (Author unknown)

Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us. (John Updike)

Beauty is commonly a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty. (Thorstein Veblen)

A painter was asked why, since he made such beautiful figures, which were but dead things, his children were so ugly; to which the painter replied that he made his pictures by day, and his children by night. (Leonardo da Vinci)

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. (Voltaire)

To say that a thing is beautiful is simply an act of faith, not a measurement on some kind of scale. (Edouard Vuillard)

I want the stark beauty that a lens can so exactly render presented without interference of artistic effect. (Edward Weston)

Beauty is embarrassing. (Wayne White)

I am interested in beauty which can best be described as being on time for the appointment. (Brett Whiteley)

Beauty seen is never lost, / God's colors all are fast. (John Greenleaf Whittier)

Those great alphine meadows that look so wonderfully soft aren't really all that soft. There's a bitter wind howling through them, but they are nonetheless incredibly beautiful for it. (Randy Wiens)

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. (Oscar Wilde)

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness. (Thornton Wilder)

How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken. (Tennessee Williams)

'Beauty' is a currency system like the gold standard. (Naomi Wolf)

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. (Virginia Woolf)

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Subtle astral colors... are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see, you would be amazed at their beauty. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

Real beauty is found in oneself. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)