An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


The simple idea that everyone needs a reasonable amount of challenging work in his or her life, and also a personal life, complete with noncompetitive leisure, has never really taken hold.


Judith Martin


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 (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847, German composer)


Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.


George B. Mere


Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.


Michelangelo (1474-1564, Italian renaissance painter, sculptor)


How goodness heightens beauty!


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


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 (1895-1990, American social philosopher)


Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.


Robert Nathan (1894-1985, American novelist)


Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.


Edward A. Navajo


Beauty is whatever gives joy.


Hugh Nibley


In the beautiful, man sets himself up as the standard of perfection; in select cases he worships himself in it. Man believes that the world itself is filled with beauty --he forgets that it is he who has created it. He alone has bestowed beauty upon the world -- alas! Only a very human, an all too human, beauty.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man -- the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.


Frank O'Hara (1926-1966, American poet, art critic)


Beauty is our weapon against nature. By it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The flowers anew, returning seasons bring! But beauty faded has no second spring.


Ambrose Philips (1674-1749, British poet, politician)


I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by necessity.


Pindar (BC 518?-18438, Greek poet)


Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly.


Plotinus (c. 204-270. Egyptian philosopher, founder of Neo-Platonism)


Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not fine yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown his work. So do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labor to make all one glow or beauty and never cease chiseling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendor of virtue, until you see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine


Plotinus (c. 204-270. Egyptian philosopher, founder of Neo-Platonism)


Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


Like plowing, housework makes the ground ready for the germination of family life. The kids will not invite a teacher home if beer cans litter the living room. The family isn't likely to have breakfast together if somebody didn't remember to buy eggs, milk, or muffins. Housework maintains an orderly setting in which family life can flourish.


Letty Cottin Pogrebin (1939-, American journalist, author)


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 (1890-1980, American short-story writer, novelist)


Beauty is the stillbirth of suffering; every woman knows that.


Emily Prager (1948-, American journalist, author)


A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Crooked logs make straight fires.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Every eye forms its own fancy.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


The loveliest faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


Beauty is a good letter of introduction.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


It is beautiful to do nothing and then rest afterwards.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Call for the grandest of all earthly spectacles.  What is that? It is the sun going to his rest.


Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859, British author)


Remember if you marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance, will neither last nor please thee one year: and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


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 (1627-1705, British naturalist)


Beauty is power.  A smile is its sword.


Charles Reade (1814-1884, British novelist, dramatist)


One evening I sat Beauty on my knees -- And I found her bitter -- And I reviled her.


Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, French poet)


Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.


Tim Robbins (1958-, American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, writer)


Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


To deny we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective.


Liz Smith (1923-, American journalist, gossip columnist)


Let the beauty we love be what we do.


Jalal-Uddin Rumi (1207-1273, Persian sufi, mystic poet)


Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies, for instance.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.


Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962, British novelist, poet)


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 (1804-1876, French novelist)


Not always the fanciest cake that's there Is the best to eat!


Margaret Elizabeth Sangster


Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


To have beauty is to have only that, but to have goodness is to be beautiful too.


Sappho (BC 600-, Greek lyric poet)


What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.


Sappho (BC 600-, Greek lyric poet)


What is most beautiful in virile men is sometimes feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


If you have never seen beauty in a moment of suffering, you have never seen beauty at all. If you have never seen joy in a beautiful face, you have never seen joy at all.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found.


Marquise De SeVigne


Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good, a shining gloss that fadeth suddenly, a flower that dies when it begins to bud, a doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower, lost, faded, broken, dead within an hour.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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 (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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 (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means that without it life will be valueless.


Marsha Sinetar (American author, "To Build The Life You Want, Create The Work You Love")


Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.


Edmund Spenser (1552-1599, British poet)


I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


Beauty is the promise of happiness.


Henri B. Stendhal (1783-1842, French writer)


You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.


Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958, British scientist, pioneer of birth control)


The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.


Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980, American naturalist and writer)


We know only that we are living in these bodies and have a vague idea, because we have heard it, and because our faith tells us so, that we possess souls. As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are, those are things which seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty.


St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, Spanish saint, mystic)


Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Song of Solomon 4:1


Beauty when unadorned is adorned the most.


Roy Thompson (1894-1977, British press lord)


Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


Skilled labor teaches something not to be found in books or in colleges.


Laura Towne


Every beauty which is seen here below by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


The average girl would rather have beauty than brains because she knows the average man can see much better than he can think.


Author Unknown


It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Too fair to worship, too divine to love.


Author Unknown


Trust not too much to an enchanting face.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.


Hermann Wey


All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain.


Walter Whitman


Beauty seen is never lost; God's colors all are fast.


John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892, American poet, reformer, author)


Beauty is a form of genius, is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight or springtime or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.


Naomi Wolf (1962-, American author)


Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.


Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797, British feminist writer)


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