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One of the old philosophers calls beauty a silent fraud, because it imposes upon us without the help of language. But I think Carneades spoke as much like a philosopher as any of them, though more like a lover, when he called it "royalty without force."

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.

She walks in beauty like the night 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 Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty.

Something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul.

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.

The beauty of the animal form is in exact proportion to the amount of moral and intellectual virtue expressed by it.

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

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

The common foible of women who have been handsome is to forget that they are no longer so.

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.

The excellence of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth.

The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.

The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth. - For all beauty is truth. - True features make the beauty of the face; true proportions, the beauty of architecture; true measures, the beauty of harmony and music.

The Nature of This Flower is to bloom.

The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth.

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

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. Even virtue is more fair when it appears in a beautiful person.

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

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


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