Beauty (quotes)


Beauty is that which delights the senses

  • Beauty: A quality or combination of qualities that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is often associated with properties such as harmony of form or colour, proportion, authenticity, and originality.  American Heritage Dictionary
  • Beauty: A combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Beauty: The quality of being physically attractive. Merriam Webster
  • Beauty: The qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind.  Merriam Webster
  • Beauty is that which delights the senses—including the “sixth sense” of the mind. Rick Hanson
  • We are conscious of beauty when there is a harmonious relationship between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.  Blaise Pascal
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The world is aflame with beauty


Life is full of beauty …

  • Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is. Saul Bellow
  • Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Ashely Smith
  • There’s always something beautiful to be experienced wherever you are. Right now, look around you and select beauty as your focus. Wayne Dyer
  • I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Anne Frank
  • When your inner eyes open, you can find immense beauty hidden within the inconsequential details of daily life. When your inner ears open,
  • you can hear the subtle, lovely music of the universe everywhere you go. Timothy Ray Miller
  • You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Everything in the world is beautiful, but People only recognize beauty if they sees it either seldom or from afar. Listen, today we are gods!  Our blue shadows are enormous!  We move in a gigantic, joyful world!  Vladimir Nabokov
  • Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes that beauty is too much for me to handle.  Do you know that feeling?  When something is just too beautiful?  When someone says something, or writes something or plays something that moves you to the point of tears, maybe even changes you.  Mark Oliver Everett
  • Beauty is so abundant; even if it’s not within immediate reach, it’s not hard to find. Indeed, it may be right in front of your nose, something you take for granted until someone else points it out. Leslie Levine
  • The thing which we speak of as beauty does not have to be sought in distant lands. . . . It is here about us or it is nowhere. Allen Tucker
  • Your life is meant to be filled with beauty. Bryant McGill

… even that which is not pretty …

  • I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence. Oriah Mountain Dreamer
  • We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. . . . There is no end to beauty for the person who is aware. Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty. If we take pictures of them and blow up the photographs, we realize we walk on beauty every day, even when things seem ugly around us. Matthew Fox
  • 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. John Constableth
  • 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. John Constable
  • The beautiful remains so in ugly surroundings. Chazal
  • 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. Oscar Hammerstein

… if we will but open our eyes and see it

  • Beauty is all about us, but how may are blind! They look at the wonder of this earth and seem to see nothing. People move hectically but give little thought to where they are going. They seek excitement … as if they were lost and desperate. Pablo Casals
  • We are living in a world of beauty, but few of us open our eyes to see it. Lorado Taft
  • 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 eyes open. Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius
  • The beauty seen is partly in him who sees it. Christian Nestelle
  • Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. Franz Kafka
  • The world is as you perceive it to be. For me, clarity is a word for beauty. It’s what I am. And when I’m clear, I see only beauty. Nothing else is possible. Byron Katie
  • If you look for ugliness, you will find it everywhere. When you look for beauty, you will find that everywhere.  Narayana
  • There’s beauty all around our paths, if but our watchful eyes can trace it midst familiar things, and through their lowly guise. Felicia D. Hemans
  • Lord of the far horizons, Give us the eyes to see Over the verge of the sundown The beauty that is to be. Bliss Carman
  • 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 beauty. Remy de Gourmont
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Beauty is a sensing of the mind, heart and soul


Beauty is sensed by the soul …

  • The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The soul is that which beholds beauty even when the mind denies it. Neale Donald Walsch
  • 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. George Sand
  • Whenever I experience something beautiful, I am with Soul. That moment of inward breath, that pause and awareness of ”how beautiful this is” is a prayer of appreciation, a moment of gratitude in which I behold beauty and am one with it. Jean Shinoda Bolen
  • The voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Almost any intense emotion may open our “inward eye” to the beauty of reality. Falling in love appears to do it for some people.  The beauty of nature or the exhilaration of artistic creation does it for others.  Probably any high experience may momentarily stretch our souls up on tiptoe, so that we catch a glimpse of that marvelous beauty which is always there, but which we are not often tall enough to perceive. Margaret Prescott Montague
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… for beauty is a reflection of the beauty of the soul

  • Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beauty is the reflection of the magic inside your soul. Vanessa Hernandez
  • 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. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years. Audrey Hepburn
  • Beauty is the illumination of your soul. John O’Donohue
  • When you contemplate beauty in nature and something within you responds deeply to it, close your eyes for a moment and feel the essence of that beauty within you, inseparable from who you are, your true nature. The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will.  Eckhart Tolle

Beauty is felt in the heart …

  • Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. H. G. Wells
  • There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • In every man’s heart, there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. Christopher Morley
  • Life can be seen through your eyes but it is not fully appreciated until it is seen through your heart. Mary Xavier
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched… but are felt in the heart. Helen Keller
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
  • Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart. Friedrich von Schiller
  • Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said. George Santayana
  • In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike. Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. Voltaire
  • 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. H. Lawrence
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… as a kind of ache

  • Oh, do you understand what I mean? Have you ever felt that about the Moon? Have you ever ached with the sheer beauty of it? James Lusarde
  • It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember… and I need to remember… Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in. American Beauty
  • Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. Edgar Allan Poe
  • He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music. James Joyce

Beauty is perceived by the still mind …


… unobscured by concepts and labels

  • To truly see beauty, you need to be fully present in the now. To really see beauty, you must perceive it without filtering it through concepts or thinking. Adapted from Eckhart Tolle
  • Beautiful is what we see. More beautiful is what we understand. Most beautiful is what we do not comprehend. Mira Bartok
  • Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought. To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of mentation. You have to be silent, utterly silent, not even a flicker of thought – and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions. You are drowned in the beauty of a sunrise, of a starry night, of beautiful trees. Osho
  • Many people are so imprisoned in their minds that the beauty of nature does not really exist for them. They might say, “What a pretty flower,” but that’s just a mechanical mental labeling. Because they are not still, not present, they don’t truly see the flower, don’t feel its essence, its holiness – just as they don’t know themselves, don’t feel their own essence, their own holiness. Eckhart Tolle
  • To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy than to attempt to understand. Henry T. Tuckerman
  • As I hold the flower in my hand and think of trying to describe it, I realize how poor a creature I am, how impotent are words in the presence of such perfection. Celia Thaxter
  • Let go of the need to label and name

Beauty is revealed by love

  • Love is a great beautifier. Louisa May Alcott
  • All things are beautiful seen through the eyes of love. Sathya Sai Baba
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched… but are felt in the heart. Helen Keller
  • If we look at the world with a love of life the world will reveal its beauty to us. Daisaku Ikeda
  • Things are beautiful if you love them. Jean Anouilh
  • Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love. Evelyn Underhill
  • Even the common articles made for daily use become endowed with beauty when they are loved. Soetsu Yanagi
  • All things are perceived in the light of charity, and hence under the aspect of beauty: for beauty is simply Reality seen with the eyes of love. Evelyn Underhill
  • Man makes holy what he believes, as he makes beautiful what he loves. Ernest Renan
  • Do you love me because I’m beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me? Oscar Hammerstein, II
  • How beautiful you are, now that you love me. Marlene Dietrich
  • The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise. George Santayana
  • Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Late have I loved you! And, behold, you were within me, and I out of myself, and there I searched for you. Augustine of Hippo
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Appreciating beauty brings great rewards


Beauty enriches life

  • Take from our hearts the love of the beautiful, and you take away all the charm of life. Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Without painting, sculpture, music, poetry, and the emotions produced by natural beauty of every kind, life would lose half its charm. Herbert Spencer
  • The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live. Richard Jefferies
  • A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty- stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.  Lewis Mumford
  • Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Rachel Carson
  • Beauty goes beyond the hardships of life and can make it all worthwhile. When beauty finally suffuses our souls, nothing else will take precedence, because we will have discovered the essence of God. Charles D. Lelly

Beauty brings much joy

  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. John Keats
  • Beauty is the experience that gives us a sense of joy and a sense of peace simultaneously. Rollo May
  • People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. Iris Murdoch
  • When we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature… Carl Sagan
  • Think of all the beauty still left around you… and be happy. Anne Frank
  • What is beautiful? Whatever is perceived joyfully is beautiful. Bliss is the essence of beauty.  Nisargadatta
  • The beauty is forever there before us, forever piping to us, and we are forever failing to dance. We could not help but dance if we could see things as they really are.  Then we should kiss both hands to Fate and fling our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls into life with a glorious abandonment, an extravagant, delighted loyalty, knowing that our wildest enthusiasm cannot more than brush the hem of the real beauty and joy and wonder that are always there. Margaret Prescott Montague
  • But the speed was power, and the speed was joy, and the speed was pure beauty. Richard Bach
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Beauty nourishes the soul

  • Beauty is to the spirit what food is to the flesh. It fills an emptiness in you which nothing else can fill. Frederick Buechner
  • 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 Goeth
  • Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso
  • Poetry and art nourish the soul of the world with the flavor-filled substances of beauty, wisdom and truth. Aberjhani
  • Humans need beauty the way plants need sunlight. We wither and wilt without it. Scott McNealy
  • You are always rich when you can see and feel the beauty of this world. Aine Belton
  • 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
  • Looking for and enjoying beauty is another 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, ready to nourish the soul.  It must only be seen to begin helping us. Matthew Fox
  • Men and women go about the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.  Jerry Fleishman
  • 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 is all. Somerset Maugham
  • 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
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Beauty brings inner strength and resilience

  • Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carlson
  • Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone. Roy R. Gilson
  • I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. Anne Frank
  • I will hold beauty as a shield against despair. Elsie Robinson
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Beauty heals and restores

  • Three things drain a person’s health: worry, travel, and sin. Three things restore a person’s good spirits:  beautiful sounds, sights, and smells. The Talmud
  • Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty. Florence Nightingale
  • Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see Beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. Frank Kafka
  • True tis, when unexpectedly we find the beautiful, it charms the healthy mind. Francesco Bracciolini
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Beauty, and the memory of it, lasts forever

  • Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, and creeds follow one another like the withered leaves of Autumn; but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity.  Oscar Wilde
  • Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time. Marianne Moore
  • Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. Kahlil Gibran
  • Passing beauties are only the fugitive reflections of the eternal. All beauty alters and all life melts away; in short, everything passes with marvellous rapidity; beautiful Helen of Troy has become a toothless skull, then a handful of dust, then nothing.  Eliphas Levi
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. John Keats
  • And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb. James Beattie
  • Beauty seen is never lost, God’s colors all are fast. John Greenleaf Whittier
  • The pain passes, but the beauty remains. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • To me, fair friend, you never can be old for as you were when first your eye I eyed, such seems your beauty still. William Shakespeare
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Beauty resides within and without


Beauty resides within us …

  • The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. C. Cast
  • We see the beauty within and cannot say no. Dave Eggers
  • Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates. Kate Angell
  • Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honouring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you. Golda Poretsky
  • Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are. Markus Zusak
  • Beyond the beauty of external forms, there is more here: something that cannot be named, something ineffable, some deep, inner, holy essence. Whenever and wherever there is beauty, this inner essence shines through somehow. It only reveals itself to you when you are present. Eckhart Tolle
  • As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beauty you may have with you always, if you will but plant beauty in your heart. Fred van Amburgh
  • True beauty must come, must be grown, from within. Ralph W. Trine
  • A man is like a bit of labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand, until you come to a particular angle, then it shows deep and beautiful colours. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. Sophia Loren
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… and shines through us

  • Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic. Rosalind Russell
  • No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 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
  • People are like stained glass windows — the true beauty can be seen only when there is light from within. The darker the night, the brighter the windows. Elizabeth Kubler Ross
  • Joy is the best makeup. Anne Lamott
  • Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. Sophia Loren
  • There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. Lady Marguerite Blessington
  • Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran

In fact, beauty seen without is a reflection of beauty within

  • Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful we must carry it within us or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Why don’t I see goodness and beauty everywhere? Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside. Anthony de Mello
  • The appearance of things change according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves. Kahlil Gibran
  • Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror. Kahlil Gibran
  • Look at the stars. See their beauty. And in that beauty, see yourself. Draya Moone
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Beauty resides in human virtue

  • The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth. For all beauty is truth. Lord Shaftesbury
  • The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within–strength, courage, dignity. Ruby Dee
  • Minds that lift themselves above the realm of sense to a higher order are aware of beauty in the conduct of life, in actions, in character, in the pursuits of the intellect; and there is the beauty of the virtues. Plotinus
  • True beauty consists of purity of heart. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Beauty is the virtue of the body as virtue is the beauty of the soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance. John Ray
  • We ourselves possess true Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is going to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly. Plotinus
  • Beauty without virtue is a flower without perfume. French proverb
  • A spontaneous act of generosity, performed with unselfish grace is an example of moral beauty, as are certain acts of courage; genuine modesty is a possible example, as is selfless love. Although moral beauty is a natural gift, it is nevertheless more likely to emerge and flourish in societies that appreciate and encourage it.  Yi-Fu Tuan
  • If either man or woman would realize that the full power of personal beauty, it must be by cherishing noble thoughts and hopes and purposes; by having something to do and something to live for that is worthy of humanity, and which, by expanding and symmetry to the body which contains it. Upham
  • Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul’s beauty. Augustine of Hippo
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Beauty resides in goodness …

  • How goodness heightens beauty! Milan Kundera
  • Beauty, I believe, comes from God; therefore, there can be no beauty without goodness. Baldassare Castiglione
  • Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Know yourself. Be yourself. Love yourself. Seek goodness and be goodness. Seek beauty and be beauty. Seek love and be love. Bryant McGill
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… although some argue that goodness and beauty are not always the same

  • I think the biggest lie the devil ever told was that beauty and goodness are the same. Daniel Nayeri
  • It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy
  • The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego. Northrop Frye

Beauty resides in truth

  • All truths, not merely ideas, but truthful faces, truthful pictures, or songs, are highly beautiful. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Let us worry about beauty first, and truth will take care of itself. A.Zee
  • 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. Ivan Panin
  • The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth. For all beauty is truth. Lord Shaftesbury
  • The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein
  • Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart. Friedrich von Schiller
  • Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer
  • Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. Lao Tzu
  • Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Truth is like the stars; it does not appear except from behind obscurity of the night. Truth is like all beautiful things in the world; it does not disclose its desirability except to those who first feel the influence of falsehood. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.  Khalil Gibran
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Beauty resides in the physical body

  • There is no one standard of beauty. Beauty comes in all shapes, all sizes, all forms, all colours. You are beautiful as you are. Stop trying to conform to the image of beauty constructed by the society and embrace the beauty that is you. Celestine Chua
  • You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance. Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life. Steve Maraboli
  • The beauty of the soul is shown in the face. Tamil proverb
  • Beauty comes in all sizes — not just size 5. Roseanne
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Beauty resides in imperfection

  • There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in its proportion. Francis Bacon
  • The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw. Havelock Ellis
  • In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. Alice Walker
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Beauty resides in ordinary things and in the familiar

  • One of the most important–and most neglected–elements in the beginnings of the interior life is the ability to respond to reality, to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things, to come alive to the splendour that is all around us. Thomas Merton
  • Each thing in the universe is a vessel full to the brim with wisdom and beauty. Rumi
  • There’s beauty all around our paths, if but our watchful eyes can trace it midst familiar things, and through their lowly guise. Felicia D. Hemans
  • Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days? George Bernard Shaw
  • Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for example. John Ruskin
  • Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Beauty resides in words

  • A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language. Gaston Bachelard
  • The desire to write perfectly of beautiful happenings is, as the saying runs, old as the hills and as immortal. James Branch Cabell
  • He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music. James Joyce
  • Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. Edgar Allan Poe
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Beauty resides in sadness and misfortune as well as joy

  • Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep. Clive Barker
  • Beauty remains even in misfortune. If you just look for it, you discover more and more happiness and regain your balance. A person who’s happy will make others happy; a person who has courage will never die in misery. Anne Frank
  • The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. Aristotle
  • 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
  • You are to gather up the joys and sorrows, the struggles, the beauty, love, dreams and hopes of every hour that they may be consecrated at the altar of daily life. MacRina Wiederkehr
  • The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. Virginia Woolf
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Beauty resides in simplicity

  • Unity and simplicity are the two true sources of beauty. Thomas Aquinas
  • 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
  • The beauty of mother nature is her ability to make complex things appear simple. Loius E Samuels, M.D.
  • 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
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Beauty resides in order and unity

  • The most general definition of beauty … Multeity in Unity. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Whatever beauty may be, it has for its basis order, and for its essence unity. Father Andre
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Beauty resides in aspirations and dreams

  • Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.  Louisa May Alcott
  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built. James Allen
  • To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed. Bernard Edmonds
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Beauty resides in happiness and a smiling countenance

  • I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.
  • I think happiness is what makes you pretty.   Happy people are beautiful.  They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.  Drew Barrymore
  • Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. Charles Reade
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Beauty resides in mystery

  • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. Albert Einstein
  • As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. A.C. Benson
  • It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. Diane Ackerman
  • Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious. Thomas Carlyle
  • The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colours, details and irony. Orhan Pamuk
  • There is nothing beautiful or sweet or great in life that is not mysterious. François René de Chateaubriand
  • Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Rachel Carson
  • There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world – its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles. The more you understand, the more you look, the greater is your enjoyment of life and your sense of peace. That’s all there is to it. If an activity is not grounded in ‘to love’ or ‘to learn,’ it does not have value. Anne Rice
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Beauty is God made visible

  • Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe. Gabriela Mistral
  • Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • As you awaken to your divine nature, you’ll begin to appreciate beauty in everything you see, touch and experience. Wayne Dyer
  • Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The angels teach us to find beauty and worth in all our earthly activities. Terry Lynn Taylor
  • My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness. Michelangelo
  • Beauty is everywhere to he or she who would behold it. When God reigns supreme in the consciousness of man, the tiniest blade of grass speaks of God’s beauty. Frater Achad
  • Beauty is God’s handwriting. Charles Kingsley
  • Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. St. Augustine of Hippo
  • Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God. Jean Anouilh
  • In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike. Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • 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
  • To deprive ourselves of beauty is to deprive ourselves of an important reminder of God, who is Beauty itself. Murray Bodo
  • Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting–a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God. Jean Anouilh
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder


Beauty is in your eyes as the beholder of it

  • Beauty is not real. Beauty only exists in perception.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Oliver Platt
  • People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves. Salma Hayek
  • Beauty is where you find it. Madonna Louise Ciccone
  • 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 reality (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. Plato
  • 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. Ivan Panin
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Beauty is in your heart as the feeler of it

  • Beauty means this to one person, perhaps, and that to the other. And yet when any one of us has seen or heard or read that which to us is beautiful, we have known an emotion which is in every case the same in kind, if not in degree; an emotion precious and uplifting.  John Galsworthy
  • There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.  John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. H. G. Wells
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Beauty is in your mind as the perceiver of it

  • 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 What ails us is that our sense of beauty is so bruised and blunted, we miss all the best.  D. H. Lawrence
  • Beauty is no quality in things themselves: it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them. David Hume
  • Beauty – in projection and perceiving – is 99.9% attitude. Grey Livingston

See, appreciate and celebrate beauty


Become aware of beauty

  • Today, I choose awareness. I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living. I choose to be aware of the simple truths in life. I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life.  I choose awareness of joy.  I choose awareness of peace.  I choose awareness of love.   Iyanla Vanzant
  • To have an open self is to keep yourself aware, alert and sensitive to the beauty and wonder of life. God’s love will flow through you into the world when you are open.  You enlarge the dimensions of your life when you keep yourself open to the highest and best.  The key to God’s infinite riches is within you; open yourself and you will receive.  Wilferd A. Peterson
  • There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware. Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty.  Matthew Fox
  • Awareness is a choice, and sometimes it takes effort. But it’s never disappointing if we truly put some effort into it.  The rewards for our effort already surround us all the time, but they’re awards that we miss constantly until we make the decision to open our eyes and our hearts to the beauty that’s always everywhere.  Tom Walsh
  • Spiritual growth means increasing your awareness of beauty, opening your heart, and experiencing more love and compassion. Sanaya Roman
  • How much beauty goes unnoticed as we hurry from place to place during the course of our busy days? How many flowers and trees do we go by without noticing their colours or their marvellous complexity or their scents?  How many rainbows go unseen by how many people because we close ourselves up indoors when it rains to “protect” ourselves from the elements?  How many snowfalls go unenjoyed because it’s too cold outside or we don’t want to bother to put on our gloves and coats and boots and hats to keep us warm and dry?  Tom Walsh
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Search for beauty everywhere and dwell on it

  • The search for beauty is a journey into the meaning of the universe. The experience of something beautiful is a reward for our perseverance.
  • The useful may be trusted to further itself, for many produce it and no one can do without it; but the beautiful must be specially encouraged, for few can present it, while yet all have need of it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • 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
  • Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. David Hume
  • Beauty cannot be recognized with a cursory glance. Jean Maurice Eugne Clment Cocteau
  • The human perception of this energy first begins with a heightened sensitivity to beauty. James Redfield
  • Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. Marcus Aurelius
  • I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world.  I hardly know which feeling leads, wonderment or admiration.  John Burroughs
  • Our inability to see the beauty doesn’t suggest in the slightest that beauty is not there. Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with broad enough perspective to see the beauty. Harold Kushner
  • To cultivate the sense of the beautiful is one of the most effectual ways of cultivating an appreciation of the divine goodness. Christian Bovee
  • Looking for the essence of beauty is comprehending and appreciating that quality in an object which is fairer and better than only what our eyes see or our ears hear, whether that be a patch of blue in an overcast sky, the fleeting laughter from a voice we love, or something as unexpected as the rainbow colours in a spot of oil on the driveway. Luci Swindoll
  • Those who look for beauty, find it.
  • AppreciationApproach life as a celebration

Open yourself to beauty

  • There’s incredible beauty in the world. Open yourself to see it. Stephen C. Paul
  • Be open to beauty and excellence. This strategy involves allowing yourself to truly admire an object of beauty or a display of talent, genius or virtue. Strive even to feel reverence and awe. Positive psychologists suggest that people who open themselves to the beauty and excellence around them are more likely to find joy, meaning, and profound connections in their lives. It may appear immensely challenging to experience awe in response to mundane daily life — reading the sports pages, watching a movie, walking through the park — but it’s an ability well worth cultivating. Don’t go through life wearing blinders to everything that is touching, beautiful, virtuous, and magnificent. Consider the example of the poet Walt Whitman, whose ‘favourite activity was to stroll outdoors by himself, admiring trees, flowers, the sky, and the shifting light of the day, listening to birds, crickets, and other natural sounds. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Take a few moments each day to open to beauty. Really look at the things around you—particularly at the ordinary things we tend to tune out, such as the sky, appliances, grass, cars, weeds, familiar views, bookshelves, or sidewalks. Try the same with everyday sounds, smells, tastes, and touches. Also seek out lovely memories, feelings, or ideas. Hunt for beauty like a child looking for seashells on a bountiful beach. Be open to things outside the frame of “nice” or “pretty.” Let yourself be surprised. Find beauty in unexpected places.  Rick Hanson
  • Tell me, can you see beauty? Can you let it renew your commitment to life, every day?  I don’t want to wait for death to be near to receive
  • the beauty in my life. I want to be awed every day by the truth–pretty or painful–and let it open me to the beauty that surrounds me
  • and draws me deeper and deeper into my own life. Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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Celebrate beauty and enjoy it

  • We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked by dew. . . . Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful. . . and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things. Desmond Tutu
  • When a sudden ray of sun or a moonbeam falls on a dreary street, it makes no difference what it illumines–a broken bottle on the ground, a fading flower in a field, or the flaxen blonde hair of a child’s head. The object is transformed and the viewer is transfixed.  Celebrate that moment of beauty and take it with you in your memory.  It is God’s gift to you. Luci Swindoll
  • Beauty is an all-pervading presence. It unfolds to the numberless flowers of the Spring; it waves in the branches of the trees and in the green blades of grass; it haunts the depths of the earth and the sea, and gleams out in the hues of the shell and the precious stone. And not only these minute objects, but the ocean, the mountains, the clouds, the heavens, the stars, the rising and the setting sun all overflow with beauty. The universe is its temple; and those people who are alive to it cannot lift their eyes without feeling themselves encompassed with it on every side. Now, this beauty is so precious, the enjoyment it gives so refined and pure, so congenial without tenderest and noblest feelings, and so akin to worship, that it is painful to think of the multitude of people as living in the midst of it, and living almost as blind to it as if, instead of this fair earth and glorious sky, they were tenants of a dungeon. An infinite joy is lost to the world by the want of culture of this spiritual endowment.  The greatest truths are wronged if not linked with beauty, and they win their way most surely and deeply into the soul when arrayed in this their natural and fit attire. William Ellery Channing
  • While I was looking out today there came a flying burst of sun, and the little corner became a sudden feast of delicate colour; the rich green of the grass, the foliage of the lime-trees, their brown wrinkled stems, the pale moss on the walls, the bright points of colour in the emblazonries of the window, made a sudden delicate harmony of tints. I had seen the place a hundred times before without ever guessing what a perfect picture it made. What a strange power the perception of beauty is!  It seems to ebb and flow like some secret tide, independent alike of health or disease, of joy or sorrow.  There are times in our lives when we seem to go singing on our way, and when the beauty of the world sets itself like a quiet harmony to the song we uplift. Arthur Christopher Benson
  • The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein
  • I have consciously sought after those things which make for value, order, richness, spirit and wonder, even though I am often unable to verbalize what I feel when I perceive something beautiful. Sometimes it’s a pang or a sensation; at other times, it is an awareness of joy and security or pure pleasure.  In any event, it is a moment to be celebrated.  Beauty justifies itself.  The fact that it is beyond definition means nothing.  Luci Swindoll
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Feast your senses on the beauty of nature

  • All the uglinesses of the world can best be forgotten in the beauty of nature! Mehmet Murat Ildan
  • As artist Nature splashes colour across the vast canvas of the sky with the radiance and splendour of sunrise and sunset. She arches rainbows against the passing storm, creates flowers and foliage, sets autumn woods on fire with the beauty of turning leaves and touches mountaintops with snow crystals. Wilferd Peterson
  • Beauty and inspiration can be found in any natural place of the earth. Akiane Kramarik
  • Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life. R Search
  • 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
  • Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Flowers whisper “Beauty!” to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall. SunWolf
  • For beauty being the best of all we know sums up the unsearchable and secret aims of nature. Robert Bridges
  • For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature’s finest balm. Edwin Way Teale
  • Go out, go out I beg of you and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child. Edna Jaques
  • Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty; and save our souls from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thorn bush is aflame with your glory. Walter Rauschenbusch
  • How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. John Burroughs
  • I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. Vincent van Gogh
  • I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon, and stars….I awaken everything to life. Ildergard of Bingen
  • If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent van Gogh
  • Is it wholly fantastic to admit the possibility that Nature herself strove toward what we call beauty? Face to face with any one of the elaborate flowers which the human’s cultivation has had nothing to do with, it does not seem fantastic to me. We put survival first.  But when we have a margin of safety left over, we expend it in the search for the beautiful.  Who can say that Nature does not do the same?  Joseph Wood Krutch
  • It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. David Attenborough
  • Know that he who is at one with the beauty of nature is rich in spirit and embraces a higher vibration. Micheal Teal
  • Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them. John Ruskin
  • of life is to evolve towards beauty. Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in. John Muir
  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. Anne Frank
  • The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience. Henryk Skolimowski
  • The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world. . . I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side. John Burroughs
  • The purpose of creation is beauty. Nature in all its various aspects develops towards beauty, and therefore it is plain that the purpose
  • There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. Rachel Carson
  • Watch nature, because it is your greatest teacher. It moves and flows and moves on again. There is an incredible beauty out there in the mountains, in the forests, to teach you it’s silence, it’s beauty, it’s humility. Stay aligned to that. Stuart Wilde
  • What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn! Logan Pearsall Smith
  • Wherever snow falls, or water flows, or birds fly, wherever day and night meet in twilight, wherever the blue heaven is hung by clouds, or sown with stars, wherever are forms with transparent boundaries, wherever are outlets into celestial space, wherever is danger, and awe, and love, there is Beauty, plenteous as rain, shed for thee. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • With innovation and technology, seems we have forgotten to cherish the true beauty the world has to offer. C. Van Cherub
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Appreciate the beauty in all living things

  • Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Robin Sharma
  • No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful? Annie Dillard
  • We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has done through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou
  • Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein
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Appreciate the beauty in art

  • I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art. Somerset Maugham
  • Man is simply playing by nature’s rules, and art is man’s attempt to imitate the beauty of the Creator’s hand. Dan Brown
  • Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilisation. Lincoln Steffens
  • Poetry and art nourish the soul of the world with the flavor-filled substances of beauty, wisdom and truth. Aberjhani
  • Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I often think the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day. Vincent van Gogh
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Appreciate the beauty in each moment

  • Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself… Paramahansa Yogananda
  • There are in life a few moments so beautiful, that even words are a sort of profanity. Diana Palmer
  • I stood still, paralyzed by the beauty and the magic of this moment. Everything stopped, even my breath. Like a sloth, I didn’t want to move. There was nowhere else I needed or wanted to be. Standing there absorbing the beauty of this place, I stepped out of time. In this timeless moment, I saw and felt the unity of all things. Judith Rich
  • 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. David McArthur and Bruce McArthur
  • Now is a priceless gift

Appreciate the beauty in others and reveal it to them

  • If I don’t see something or someone as beautiful, I often ask myself what it is in me that’s keeping me from seeing the beauty. What part of me is blocking my vision so that I can’t see the most precious aspects of that thing or person? If I can find an answer to that question, then seeing the beauty all around me becomes easier, and my soul becomes richer.  Tom Walsh
  • Is the tulip superior to the rose? Are the mountains more majestic than the sea? Which snowflake is the most magnificent? Is it possible that they are all magnificent – and that, celebrating their magnificence together, they create an awesome display? See the beauty and the wonder of all whose lives you touch. For you are each wondrous indeed, yet no- one more wondrous than another. And you will one day melt into Oneness, and know then that you form together a single stream. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Compliments invite the person who is complimented to embrace a new perception of him or herself. And just as layers and layers of nacre form a pearl over an irritating grain of sand, so compliments collect around us, developing us in all our beauty. Daphne Rose Kingma
  • I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Whitney Houston
  • I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.  Mahatma Gandhi
  • To every soul you encounter, be a mirror, which reflects only their beauty. Bryant McGill
  • A person is only beautiful, when their own beauty, is reflecting on to others. Tara Grady
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Create beauty without and within

  • To be surrounded by beautiful things has much influence upon the human creature; to make beautiful things has more. Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Is your life beautiful? Do you live in surroundings that you have made beautiful through your own unique, creative ideas?  To
  • expect and lovingly require beauty to be apparent in all areas of your life is to be deeply loving to yourself, your soul, your world, and shows reverence to God and all of life. There is always something beautiful to be found, right where you are, if you will look for it.   Concentrate your thoughts on the good, the beautiful, and the true things in life. John Marks Templeton
  • Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creators of statues that are to be made beautiful; they cut away here, they smooth there, they make this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon their work. So do you also; cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is in shadow; labour to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiselling your statue until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendour of virtue, until you shall see the perfect Goodness established in the stainless shrine. Plotinus

Never destroy beauty …

  • 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 in our care and we are responsible for its well-being. Katherine Anne Porter
  • By plucking her petals, You do not gather the beauty of the flower. Rabindrath Tagore

… or attempt to possess it

  • Beauty has nothing to do with possession. If possession and beauty must go together, then we are lost souls. A beautiful flower is not to be possessed, it’s there to be beheld. … It’s there for your pleasure. Diana Vreeland
  • Beauty is a fruit which we look at without trying to seize it. Simone Weil

Final thoughts


Beauty is skin deep

  • Beauty is only skin deep, but it`s a valuable asset if you’re poor or haven’t any sense Kin Hubbard
  • Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.
  • 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
  • It’s a good thing that beauty is only skin deep, or I’d be rotten to the core. Phyllis Diller

More criterions of beauty

  • An appearance of delicacy, and even fragility, is almost essential to beauty. Edmund Burke
  • The criterion of true beauty is that it increases upon examination; if false, that it lessens. Fulke Greville
  • What is really beautiful needs no adorning. We do not grind down the pearl upon a polishing stone.  Sataka
  • Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful. Ralph Waldo Emerson

On a lighter note

  • A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you. Adlai Stevenson
  • Always remember that true beauty comes from within — from within bottles, jars, compacts, and tubes. Peter’s Almanac
  • Ask a toad what is beauty and he will answer that it is a female with two great round eyes coming out of her head, a flat mouth, a yellow belly and a brown back.
  • Beauty fades, dumb is forever.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
  • 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
  • Beauty is only skin deep and the world is full of thin skinned people. Richard Armour
  • Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. Charles Reade
  • Beauty may be skin deep but ugly goes clear to the bone. Dorothy Parker
  • Beauty Parlour: A place where women curl up and dye. Aiken Drum
  • Beauty times brains equals a constant. Beckhap’s Law
  • Beauty: That power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. Ambrose Bierce
  • Beauty’s In The Eye Of The Beer Holder Adam Harvey
  • Black beauty – he’s a dark horse. Tim Vine
  • Competence, like truth beauty and contact lenses is in the eye of the beholder. Laurence J. Peter
  • Dont stop! I dont usually get to see beauty in motion
  • Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. Oscar Wilde
  • He has so much brain and so little beauty. Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  • Her breath takes her beauty away
  • I always say beauty is only sin deep. H. H. Munro
  • I guess I’ll never forget her. And maybe I don’t want to. Her spirit was wild like a wild monkey. Her beauty was like a beautiful horse being ridden by a wild monkey. I forget her other qualities. Jack Handey
  • I spent seven hours in a beauty shop and that was for the estimate. Phyllis Diller
  • 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
  • If truth is beauty how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin
  • If you retain nothing else always remember the most important rule of beauty which is: who cares? Tina Fey
  • It’s a good thing that beauty is only skin deep or I’d be rotten to the core. Phyllis Diller
  • It’s sort of like a beauty contest; it’s very easy to pick the top one, two or three girls but then the rest of them look the same. Gil Brandt
  • Most people get an appointment at a beauty parlour. I was committed!   Phyllis Diller
  • My dream woman has a special combination of inner and outer beauty and is, most importantly, too naive to know she’s way out of my league.
  • My wife went to a beauty parlour and got a mudpack; for two days, she looked nice then the mud fell off. Charles ‘Chic’ Murray
  • Once in a lifetime a really beautiful song comes along … Until it does, I’d like to do this one. Cliff Richard
  • She is a peacock in everything but beauty. Oscar Wilde
  • She was a beauty in her youth – a fact which she alone remembers. Benjamin Constant
  • She was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate.
  • The beauty of male has not yet been portrayed by the only one who can do so-the female
  • The point is that it doesn’t matter if you look like a beast before or after the hit as long as you look like a beauty at the moment of impact. Seve Ballesteros
  • There is a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice.  A charming woman is one who notices me. J. Erskine
  • Thou shalt not covet they neighbour’s wife unless she’s a beauty. C. Fields
  • Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician. Lucille S. Harper
  • Whatever you may look like marry a man your own age – as your beauty fades so will his eyesight.   Phyllis Diller
  • When I go to the beauty parlour I always use the emergency entrance. Phyllis Diller