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A list of the best beauty quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous beauty quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic beauty quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational beauty quotes from that same writer.

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Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Aristotle

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Things are beautiful if you love them. Jean Anouilh

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There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty. Joseph Addison

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Beauty is not caused. It is. Emily Dickinson

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

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Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness. Aristotle

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The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. Francis Bacon

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There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness. Charles Baudelaire

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All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory -- of the absolute and of the particular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties. The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions: and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty. Charles Baudelaire

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Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence. James Allen

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius

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

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Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table Comte de Lautréamont

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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise... that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd. Albert Camus

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It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the dear deceit of beauty. George Eliot

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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

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The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing. Walter Benjamin

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

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Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it. Georges Bataille

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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

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The beauty seen, is partly in him who sees it. Christian Nevell Bovee

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Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. Ambrose Bierce

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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. -- Song Of Solomon 4:1

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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. E. M. Forster

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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

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The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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Exuberance is beauty. William Blake

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Every trait of beauty may be referred to some virtue, as to innocence, candor, generosity, modesty, or heroism. St. Pierre To cultivate the sense of the beautiful, is one of the most effectual ways of cultivating an appreciation of the divine goodness. Christian Nevell Bovee

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Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all. André Breton

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The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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Nothing's beautiful from every point of view. Horace

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In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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Nothing can be beautiful which is not true. John Ruskin

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Let the beauty we love be what we do. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

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Beauty is a good letter of introduction.

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There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles... but there is one order of beauty which seems made to turn the heads not only of men, but of all intelligent mammals, even of women. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle and to engage in conscious mischief --a beauty with which you can never be angry, but that you feel ready to crush for inability to comprehend the state of mind into which it throws you. George Eliot

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Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from the eternal. Dante Alighieri

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Trust not too much to an enchanting face. Virgil

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

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Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well. Eugène Ionesco

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

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

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A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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. Northrop Frye

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Beauty rests on necessities. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker. Ralph Waldo Emerson