Quotations About / On:
What is the beautiful, if not the impossible.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 1, Conard (1915).)
It was a thunderingly beautiful experiencevoluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.
(Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. "Playboy Interview (1973)," Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons (1974).
Of the Apollo launches.)
A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe ... it is a beautiful catastrophe.
(Le Corbusier [Charle Édouard Jeanne] (1887-1965), Swiss-born French architect. quoted in New York Herald Tribune (Aug. 6, 1961).)
Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).)
How can you be beautiful and be for Women's Lib?
(Anonymous (b. c. 1953), U.S. anti-feminist. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 46, by Wanda Urbanski (June 1974).
Urbanski, blond, beautiful, and a self-proclaimed radical feminist, was quoting a question put to her by her best friend.)
(Quentin Tarantino, U.S. screenwriter and director, and Roger Avary. Pumpkin (Tim Roth), Pulp Fiction, comment upon seeing the mysterious glowing interior of hit man Jules' (Samuel Jackson) briefcase (1994).)
Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.
(Maureen Dowd, U.S. journalist. The New York Times, "Giant Puppet Show," (September 10, 1995).
About the debut of George, the political magazine edited by John F. Kennedy, Jr..)
Beautiful people are forgiven more often than the rest.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.
(Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "Further Notes 1960-1974," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).)
Beautiful, glorious Scotland, has spoilt me for every other country!
(Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), U.S. First Lady. letter, Aug. 21, 1869. The Mary Lincoln Letters (1956).)