Quotations About / On:
The universal soul is the alone creator of the useful and the beautiful; therefore to make anything useful or beautiful, the individual must be submitted to the universal mind.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Art," Society and Solitude (1870).)
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.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Value of Art in Modern Life (1884).)
A story of particular facts is a mirror which obscures and distorts that which should be beautiful; poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which it distorts.
(Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).)
I feed on good soup, not beautiful language.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysale, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 7 (1672).)
The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it.
(Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793), Italian dramatist. Lord Arthur, in Pamela, act 1, sc. 14 (1746).)
Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 20 (1956).)
A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Lucy Selby, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 1, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
All surprisingly beautifulstupendous, amazing, unequalled.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. V, p. 116, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (October 18, 1892).
On viewing Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893.)
What is really beautiful must always be true.
(Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Madame de Bonnivet, in Armance, ch. VI, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.)
The great tragedy of sciencethe slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #219, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)