Beauty

Albert Einstein Page

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: Letter of 1950. As quoted in The New York Times, 29 March 1972
Franz Kafka Page

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

- Franz Kafka

Source/Notes: "Conversations with Kafka" by Gustav Janouch, New Directions Publishing, 1971, p. 30
Rumi Page

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

- Rumi

Source/Notes: As quoted in Path for Greatness : Spiritualty at Work (2000) by Linda J. Ferguson, p. 51
Audrey Hepburn Page

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

- Audrey Hepburn

Source/Notes: Attributed
Maya Angelou Page

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

- Maya Angelou

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Joanne Woodward Page

“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat.”

- Joanne Woodward

Anonymous Page

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”

- Anonymous

Source/Notes: Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in: "We Like These Ideas" (1970) by Neil Brahe, p. 536
Nhat Hanh Page

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.”

- Nhat Hanh

Source/Notes: Touching Peace (1992), p. 1. Parallax Press ISBN 0-938077-57-0
Frank Zappa Page

“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best…”

- Frank Zappa

Source/Notes: Lyrics to the song Packard Goose on the album Joe's Garage: Act III (19 November 1979)
Marilyn Monroe Page

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

- Marilyn Monroe

Source/Notes: Attributed

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Henry Miller Page

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.”

- Henry Miller

Source/Notes: Sunday After the War (1944)
Joseph Drake Page

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.”

- Joseph Drake

Rabindranath Tagore Page

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”

- Rabindranath Tagore

Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera Page

“Beauty without intelligence is an illusion that is close to disenchantment. It is like a fairy that fascinates us, as long as we look at her through the enchanting prism of her beauty. However, it disappears as soon as the light of reason penetrates beyond the place where the eyes can see.”

- Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera

Anne Frank Page

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”

- Anne Frank

Source/Notes: Anne Frank's diary (1942-1944), 23 February 1944

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John Donne Page

“No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace, As I have seen in one autumnal face.”

- John Donne

Source/Notes: No. 9, The Autumnal, line 1. - Elegies
John Keats Page

“She dwells with Beauty—Beauty that must die; And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips Bidding adieu.”

- John Keats

Source/Notes: Ode on Melancholy l. 21 (1820)