Quotations About / On: BEAUTIFUL

  • 61.
    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).)
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  • 62.
    The good is the beautiful.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Lysis, 216 D....)
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  • 63.
    The great tragedy of science—the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.
    (Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), British biologist. Presidential address, 1870, to the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Biogenesis and Abiogenesis, vol. 8, Collected Essays (1894).)
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  • 64.
    A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter, March 15, 1842, to Ernest Chevalier, trans. by William G. Allen. Correspondance, I, p. 102, Conard (1926-1933).)
  • 65.
    Mr. Jordan, I never seen anything as beautiful as that, not even in heaven.
    (Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S., and Alexander Hall. Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, on his first sight of Bette (1941). From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.)
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  • 66.
    All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters V, pt. 9, ch. 2 (1860).)
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  • 67.
    To the wise, therefore, a fact is true poetry, and the most beautiful of fables.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 8 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)
  • 68.
    One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry for June 17, 1853 (1906). The remark comes after a description of a visitor who "pestered" Thoreau "with his benignity.... They lick you as a cow her calf. They would fain wrap you about with their bowels.")
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  • 69.
    It does not hurt weak eyes to look into beautiful eyes never so long.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 70.
    The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed."
    (Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. author and humorist. As quoted in The Late Mrs. Dorothy Parker, ch. 17, by Leslie Frewin (1986). Said in the 1920s; Parker, trying to earn her living as a writer, was referring to the financial insecurity of the profession.)
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