Beauty Quotes

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread

Monday, September 19th, 2011
man silhouetted against horizon

This natural beauty-hunger is made manifest in the little window-sill gardens of the poor, though perhaps only a geranium slip in a broken cup, as well as in the carefully tended rose and lily gardens of the rich, the thousands of spacious city parks and botanical gardens, and in our magnificent National parks — the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, etc.— Nature’s sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world. Nevertheless, like…

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Exuberance is Beauty

Friday, August 19th, 2011
upside down beauty

Exuberance is Beauty.
If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning.
Improvement makes strait roads; but the crooked roads without Improvement are roads of Genius.
Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.
Where man is not, nature is barren…

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Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good

Saturday, June 12th, 2010
meditative dancer

The affirmative of affirmatives is love. As much love, so much perception. As caloric to matter, so is love to mind; so it enlarges, and so it empowers it. Good-will makes insight, as one finds his way to the sea by embarking on a…

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Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
William Morris textile design

Believe me if we want art to begin at home, as it must, we must clear our houses of troublesome superfluities that are for ever in our way: conventional comforts that are no real comforts, and do but make work for servants…

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The only real things are dancing, light, freedom, and music

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I dance and dance. A beautiful serpent coils itself along the Persian carpet, an Egyptian amphora tilts forward, pouring forth a cascade of perfumed hair, a blue and stormy cloud rises and floats away, a feline beast springs forwards…

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A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: its loveliness increases

Monday, February 22nd, 2010
shining water

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing…

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She walks in Beauty, like the night

Saturday, February 13th, 2010
night sky moving

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light…

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At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough

Monday, January 11th, 2010

You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens – that letting go – you let go…

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I looked up truth the other day also. The word has a lot to do with seeing clearly, and with things that are honest and beautiful.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Perhaps I should change my name to Ruth Truth. The combination of pity and compassion with honesty and beauty would be a real knockout. People might not see me come into a room but they’d feel like…

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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.

Monday, August 17th, 2009
purple flowers

God love all them feelings. That’s some of the best stuff God did. And when you know God loves ‘em you enjoys ‘em a lot more. You can just relax, go with everything that’s going, and praise God by liking…

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Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.

Friday, August 14th, 2009
white orchid

Henry sat by the fire at the laquered table. All he could say was that he longed for the bistro around the corner, the zinc counter, the dull greenish coffee and milk full of skin…

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The thing about makeup is that the more you need it, the less it can do for you

Monday, August 10th, 2009
old and open door

The earrings were a gift from Rolfe, the odd fellow who turned out to be the great love of my life. Having been a fool for love more than once, how lucky am I that Rolfe didn’t enter the picture to appreciate that Sam Keen was right: we come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to…

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