The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
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.
William Somerset Maugham
The beauty of life, is that you don’t have to be modernly beautiful to live it.
I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.
There is sometimes a greater judgement shewn in deviating from the rules of art, than in adhering to them; and…there is more beauty in the works of a great genius who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes them.
Joseph Addison 1672-1719 ‘The Spectator’ no. 592, 10 September 1714.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.
That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express.
Francis Bacon (Baron Verulam and Viscount St Albans) 1561-1626 ‘Essays’ (1625) ‘Of Beauty’
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Francis Bacon (Baron Verulam and Viscount St Albans) 1561-1626 ‘Essays’ (1625) ‘Of Beauty
Of its own beauty is the mind diseased.
Lord Byron (George Gordon, Sixth Baron Byron) 1788-1824,‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ (1812-18) canto 4, st. 122
In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
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.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Against Him those women sin who torment their skin with potions, stain their cheeks with rouge and extend the line of their eyes with black coloring. Doubtless they are dissatisfied with God’s plastic skill. In their own persons they convict and censure the Artificer of all things.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
Ninon de L’Enclos
Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.
Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal”