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Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty --excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable --should persist after the beauty was gone.

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.
Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
What is most beautiful in virile men is sometimes feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
One evening I sat Beauty on my knees --And I found her bitter --And I reviled her.
The loveliest faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
In the beautiful, man sets himself up as the standard of perfection; in select cases he worships himself in it. Man believes that the world itself is filled with beauty --he forgets that it is he who has created it. He alone has bestowed beauty upon the world --alas! only a very human, an all too human, beauty.
Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man -- the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse.
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.
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.
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.
Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.
Beauty rests on necessities.
The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy.
Even with all my wrinkles! I am beautiful!
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.
I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!
Never forget that you are married to a very beautiful woman.
I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.
Beauty is a form of genius -- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
Beauty seen is never lost, God's colors all are fast.
My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.
If either man or woman would realize that the full power of personal beauty, it must be by cherishing noble thoughts and hopes and purposes; by having something to do and something to live for that is worthy of humanity, and which, by expanding and symmetry to the body which contains it.
Every beauty which is seen here below by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come
We know only that we are living in these bodies and have a vague idea, because we have heard it, and because our faith tells us so, that we possess souls. As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are, those are things which seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty.
The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.
To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
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. -
The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found.
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.
It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.
Remember if you marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance, will neither last nor please thee one year: and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all.