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Quotations About / On: BEAUTY

  • 61.
    With a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration.
    (John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. Letter, December 21, 1817, to his brothers George and Thomas Keats. Letters of John Keats, no. 32, ed. Frederick Page (1954).)
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  • 62.
    There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. repr. In The Mirror of Art, ed. Jonathan Mayne (1955). "Salon of 1846," sct. 2, Curiosités Esthétiques (1868). Baudelaire may have been recalling a footnote in ch. 110 of Stendhal's Histoire de la Peinture en Italie: "La beauté est l'expression d'une certaine manière habituelle de chercher le bonheur.")
  • 63.
    One evening I sat Beauty on my knees—And I found her bitter—And I reviled her.
    (Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, Jadis, si je me souviens bien (originally published 1874). This image was parodied by Salvador Dali in a diary entry (Aug. 1, 1953): "I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it." (The Diary of a Genius, 1966).)
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  • 64.
    Beauty is the moment of transition, as if the form were just ready to flow into other forms.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 65.
    San Francisco is a mad city—inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.
    (Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. American Notes (1891).)
  • 66.
    I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, X (1887).)
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  • 67.
    What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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  • 68.
    For myself I make no secret, I look forward with eager desire to seeing the matchless beauty of Christ's body in the heavenly light.
    (Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. sermon, Nov. 23, 1879. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).)
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  • 69.
    It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan,—as portrayed by Milton.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, X (1887).)
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  • 70.
    Beauty ... is a relation, and the apprehension of it a comparison.
    (Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. On the Origin of Beauty: A Platonic Dialogue. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).)
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