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Beauty quotes and quotations

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

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

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
Albert Camus

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
Kahlil Gibran

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Albert Einstein

The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day.
Kenneth Patton

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
John Keats

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for example.
John Ruskin

People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.
Candace Bergen

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

Do you love me because I'm beautiful,
or am I am beautiful because you love me?
Oscar Hammerstein, II

The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Pierre Auguste Renoir

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
Anais Nin

Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.
Sir Walter Scott

Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got.
Sophia Loren

The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy.
Reverend Sean Parker Dennison

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

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
Rachel Carson

Oh, this is the joy of the rose: / That it blows, / And goes.
Willa Cather

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Anne Frank

Like anyone else, there are days I feel beautiful and days I don't, and when I don't, I do something about it.
Cheryl Tiegs

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
Havelock Ellis

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Henry Miller

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 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

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

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 Antoninus

Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn't mean it does not exist.
Margaret Cho

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Thankfully, beauty is easier to remove than apply, and a swipe of demaquillage in the right direction and you are you once again.
Margaret Cho

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.
Petrarch

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller

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

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.
Rachel Carson

Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion.
Margaret Cho

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
Pearl Buck

If there is one thing worse than being an ugly duckling in a house of swans, it's having the swans pretend there's no difference.
Teena Booth