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

  • Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
    * Marcus Aurelius

  • 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

  • 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

  • Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
    * Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
    * John Kenneth Galbraith

  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
    Its loveliness increases; it will never
    Pass into nothingness.
    * John Keats

  • 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

  • The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive--you are leaking.
    * Fran Lebowitz

  • 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.
    * W. Somerset Maugham

  • Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
    * Edgar Allen Poe

  • 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

  • Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
    * John Ruskin

  • 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

  • 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

  • Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
    * William Shakespeare

  • Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
    * George Bernard Shaw

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

  • Beauty seen is never lost,
    God's colors all are fast.
    * John Greenleaf Whittier