Quotations About / On: BEAUTY

  • 61.
    Beauty is lyrical. Ugliness is elegiac.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 62.
    You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
    (Anouk Aimée (b. 1932), French actor. Quoted in Guardian (London, August 24, 1988).)
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  • 63.
    The grand style arises when beauty wins a victory over the monstrous.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 596, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 96 (1880).)
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  • 64.
    Beauty is only the promise of happiness.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. De l'Amour, ch. 17, footnote (1822).)
  • 65.
    Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 108 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 66.
    Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.
    (David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, sect. 12 ("Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy"), part 3, p. 165, ed. L. Selby-Bigge, M.A., 2nd edition, London, Oxford University Press (1902). From "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.")
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  • 67.
    Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
    (Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).)
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  • 68.
    Beauty compels us; reason merely cajoles.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 69.
    In art economy is always beauty.
    (Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. Preface repr. In The Art of the Novel, ed. R.P. Blackmur (1934). The Altar of the Dead, preface, Preface first published in The Novels and Tales of Henry James, vol. 17, New York ed. (1909). The Altar of the Dead was originally published in 1895.)
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  • 70.
    Generally speaking, the greater a woman's beauty, the greater her modesty.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 269, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 398, "Modesty," (1878).)
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