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Beauty Quotes

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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due -- she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.

Author: Northrop Frye (1912-1991)

Profession: Canadian Literary Critic

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

Author: R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

Profession: American Inventor, Designer, Poet, Philosopher

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

Author: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Profession: Lebanese Poet, Novelist

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

Author: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Profession: Lebanese Poet, Novelist

Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.

Author: Jean-Luc Godard (1930)

Profession: French Filmmaker, Author

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

There have been many definitions of beauty in art. What is it? Beauty is what the untrained eyes consider abominable.

Author: Edmond and Jules De Goncourt (1822-1896)

Profession: French Writers

A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. There is therefore, something in true beauty that corresponds with right reason, and is not the mere creation of fancy.

Author: Lord Greville (1554-1628)

Profession: British Poet