Quotations About / On:
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).)
The Japanese say, "If the flower is to be beautiful, it must be cultivated."
(Lester Cole, U.S. screenwriter, Nathaniel Curtis, and Frank Lloyd. Nick Condon (James Cagney), Blood on the Sun (1945).)
An animal can learn to fight, but to sing beautiful things and make people believe them....
(Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), Spartacus, after hearing another slave sing (1960).)
There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.
(Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Age and Death," Afterthoughts (1931).)
It was beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are.
(O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "The Octopus Marooned," The Gentle Grafter (1908).)
It is dangerous sending a young man who is beautiful to Oxford.
(Dudley Ryder (1691-1756), British Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, diarist. Quoted in Arthur Marwick, "The Private Sphere," ch. 4, Beauty in History (1988).)
She was beautiful when she dieda hundred years ago.
(Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Lambert Hillyer. Prof. Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), Dracula's Daughter, at the end of the movie (1936).
The character's name is Von Helsing here, although it was Van Helsing in Dracula; story suggested by Oliver Jeffries. Based on a story by Bram Stoker.)
Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 2, Conard (1915).)
There is not one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.
(Joan Rivers (b. 1935), U.S. comedienne. Quoted in Los Angeles Times (May 10, 1974).)