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922. There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty. (Truth & Beauty) John Steinbeck, East of Eden
924. Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. (Truth & Beauty & Greece) John Keats, Ode to a Grecian Urn
47,552. A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness. (Beauty & Joy) John Keats, Endymion 1818
72,017. Whether the nymph shall break Diana’s law,
Or some frail china jar receive a flaw,
Or stain her honour, or her new brocade,
Forget her pray’rs , or miss a masquerade. (Face & Beauty) Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock 1714
72,018. Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. (Face & Beauty) ibid.
925. The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth. (Truth & Good & Beauty) Albert Einstein
1,071. I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them. (Life’s Like That & Fall & Beauty) Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
9,722. Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it. (Art & Beauty) ibid.
2,070. The perpetual hunger to be beautiful and that thirst to be loved which is the real curse of Eve. (Life's Like That & Beauty & Love & Women) Jean Rhys, The Left Bank 1927
3,517. As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labour continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labour my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams. (Star & Soul & Beauty & Alchemy & Spiritual & Dream) W B Yeats, Rosa Alchemica
71,299. The innocent and the beautiful
Have no enemy but time. (Enemy & Time & Innocence & Beauty) W B Yeats
97,514. But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
97,528. Lord Henry looked at him. Yes, he was certainly wonderfully handsome, with his finely-curved scarlet lips, his frank blue eyes, his crisp golden hair. There was something in his face that made on trust him at once. All the candour of youth was there, as well as all youth’s passionate purity. One felt that he had kept himself unspotted from the world. (Youth & Beauty) ibid.
97,533. Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. (Beauty & Appearance) ibid.
63,530. When your youth goes, you beauty will go with it, and then you will suddenly discover that there are no triumphs left for you, or have to content yourself with those mean triumphs that the memory of your past will make more bitter than defeats. (Beauty & Youth) ibid.
4,199. Ah! realise your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing ... Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to ... Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world but youth. (Life’s Like That & Beauty & Youth & Advice) ibid.
47,600. Beauty is a form of Genius – is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it. ibid.
47,577. It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly. (Beauty & Good) ibid.
47,576. No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly. Oscar Wilde
4,638. Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. (Woman & Beauty & Prison & Feminism & Discrimination) Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 1792
4,747. When a woman isn’t beautiful, people always say,
‘You have lovely eyes, you have lovely hair.’ (Woman & Beauty) Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya
4,851. Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the carcasses of a subhumanly ugly mate? (Feminism & Woman & Beauty) Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch 1970
47,607. Every woman knows that, regardless of all her other achievements, she is a failure if she is not beautiful. Germaine Greer, The Whole Woman
4,916. Cosmetic surgery processes the bodies of woman-made women, who make up the vast majority of its patient pool, into man-made women. (Woman & Beauty) Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
2,501. Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:
We murder to dissect.
Enough of science and of art;
Close up these barren leaves. (Science & Beauty & Intellect & Art) William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned 1798
6,520. Some happy tone
Of meditation, slipping in between
The beauty coming and the beauty gone. (Think & Beauty) William Wordsworth, Most Sweet It Is 1835
2,070. The perpetual hunger to be beautiful and that thirst to be loved which is the real curse of Eve. (Life’s Like That & Beauty & Love & Women) Jean Rhys, The Left Bank 1927
6,693. Beauty is a sign of intelligence. (Intelligence & Beauty & Art: Warhol) Andy Warhol