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Beauty

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

Edgar Allen Poe

The purpose of creation is beauty.  Nature in all its various aspects develops towards beauty, and therefore it is plain that the purpose of life is to evolve towards beauty.      -Hazrat Inayat Khan

   

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.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

   

The useful may be trusted to further itself, for many produce it and no one can do without it; but the beautiful must be specially encouraged, for few can present it, while yet all have need of it.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

   

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.       -Navajo song

   
As I experience it, appreciation of beauty is access to the soul.  With beauty in our lives, we walk and carry ourselves more lightly and with a different look in our eyes.  To look into the eyes of someone beholding beauty is to look through the windows of the soul.  Anytime we catch a glimpse of soul, beauty is there; anytime we catch our breath and feel "How beautiful!," the soul is present.       -Jean Shinoda Bolen
    
The thing which we speak of as beauty does not have to be sought in distant lands. . . . It is here about us or it is nowhere.       -Allen Tucker

I was driving down a familiar road one fall day when I almost drove off the road, the beauty was so intense.  It looked as if God had sent in a team of the world’s finest artists overnight—and I was privy to the opening day of his spectacle.  As I slowly drove along this festive row, leaves danced in the air and brushed against my windshield.  It seemed as if I had landed in Oz.  I was strongly tempted to get out and clap at God’s imagination.       -Sheila Walsh
   
Beauty does not lie in the face.  It lies in the harmony between a person and his or her industry.  Beauty is expression.  When I paint a mother I try to render her beautiful by the mere look she gives her child.       -Jean Francois Millet
   

God scatters beauty as he scatters flowers
O'er the wide earth, and tells us all are ours.
A hundred lights in every temple burn,
And at each shrine I bend my knee in turn.

Walter Savage Landor

   
Tell me, can you see beauty?  Can you let it renew your commitment to life, every day?  I don't want to wait for death to be near to receive the beauty in my life.  I want to be awed every day by the truth--pretty or painful--and let it open me to the beauty that surrounds me and draws me deeper and deeper into my own life.       -Oriah
   

Is it wholly fantastic to admit the possibility that Nature herself strove toward what we call beauty?  Face to face with any one of the elaborate flowers which the human's cultivation has had nothing to do with, it does not seem fantastic to me.  We put survival first.  But when we have a margin of safety left over, we expend it in the search for the beautiful.  Who can say that Nature does not do the same?      -Joseph Wood Krutch

    

When your inner eyes open, you can find immense beauty hidden within the inconsequential details of daily life.  When your inner ears open, you can hear the subtle, lovely music of the universe everywhere you go.       -Timothy Ray Miller

   
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
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.

John Keats
   
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting--a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.      -Ralph Waldo Emerson
   

Beauty is God's handwriting.       -Charles Kingsley

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.       -Eleanor Roosevelt

   

   
The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth.  For all beauty is truth.        -Lord Shaftesbury
  

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.       -Louisa May Alcott

   
To a lady who, looking at an engraving of a house, called it an ugly thing, he said, "No, madam, there is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life:  for let the form of an object be what it may--light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful."       -John Constable
   
It is not growing like a tree
In bulk, doth make me better be;
Or standing long an oak tree, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sear:
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it fall and die that night--
It was the plant and flower of Light.
In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.

Ben Jonson
    
   
Looking for and enjoying beauty is another way to nourish the soul.  The universe is in the habit of making beauty. There are flowers and songs, snowflakes and smiles, acts of great courage, laughter between friends, a job well done, the smell of fresh-baked bread.  Beauty is everywhere, ready to nourish the soul.  It must only be seen to begin helping us.       - Matthew Fox
   
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty.  Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.       -Franz Kafka
   
Withdraw into yourself and look.  And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creators of statues that are to be made beautiful; they cut away here, they smooth there, they make this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon their work.  So do you also; cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is in shadow; labor to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiseling your statue until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendor of virtue, until you shall see the perfect Goodness established in the stainless shrine.        -Plotinus
    
Straight is the line of duty;
Curved is the line of beauty;
Follow the straight line, thou shalt see
The curved line ever follow thee.

William McCall
   
What is really beautiful needs no adorning.  We do not grind down the pearl upon a polishing stone.       -Sataka
   

   
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.        -Anne Frank
   
    While I was looking out today there came a flying burst of sun, and the little corner became a sudden feast of delicate colour; the rich green of the grass, the foliage of the lime-trees, their brown wrinkled stems, the pale moss on the walls, the bright points of colour in the emblazonries of the window, made a sudden delicate harmony of tints.  I had seen the place a hundred times before without ever guessing what a perfect picture it made.
    What a strange power the perception of beauty is!  It seems to ebb and flow like some secret tide, independent alike of health or disease, of joy or sorrow.  There are times in our lives when we seem to go singing on our way, and when the beauty of the world sets itself like a quiet harmony to the song we uplift.       -A.C. Benson
   
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.       -Nino de L'Enclos
   
Be grateful for the beauty all around you
Appreciate the sky while it's blue
When skies turn to grays
Love that color as it stays
With such variety and diversion
Don't greet the day with aversion
Or fall for the mediocre and mundane
Keep your thought bright, uplifted and sane
Life forever flows with a forward motion
Ride the highest wave in this beautiful ocean.

Sandra Imperatore
    
The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within -- strength, courage, dignity.      -Ruby Dee
  

Things looked at patiently from one side after another generally end by showing a side that is beautiful.      -Robert Louis Stevenson

   
Beauty, I believe, comes from God; therefore, there can be no beauty without goodness.      -Baldassare Castiglione
   
Beauty is an all-pervading presence. It unfolds to the numberless flowers of the Spring; it waves in the branches of the trees and in the green blades of grass; it haunts the depths of the earth and the sea, and gleams out in the hues of the shell and the precious stone.

And not only these minute objects, but the ocean, the mountains, the clouds, the heavens, the stars, the rising and the setting sun all overflow with beauty. The universe is its temple; and those people who are alive to it can not lift their eyes without feeling themselves encompassed with it on every side.

Now, this beauty is so precious, the enjoyment it gives so refined and pure, so congenial without tenderest and noblest feelings, and so akin to worship, that it is painful to think of the multitude of people as living in the midst of it, and living almost as blind to it as if, instead of this fair earth and glorious sky, they were tenants of a dungeon.

An infinite joy is lost to the world by the want of culture of this spiritual endowment.  The greatest truths are wronged if not linked with beauty, and they win their way most surely and deeply into the soul when arrayed in this their natural and fit attire.

William Ellery Channing

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