Quotations About / On:
A story of particular facts is a mirror which obscures and distorts that which should be beautiful; poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which it distorts.
(Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).)
I feed on good soup, not beautiful language.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysale, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 7 (1672).)
The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it.
(Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793), Italian dramatist. Lord Arthur, in Pamela, act 1, sc. 14 (1746).)
Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 20 (1956).)
A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Lucy Selby, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 1, letter 1, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
All surprisingly beautifulstupendous, amazing, unequalled.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. V, p. 116, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (October 18, 1892).
On viewing Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893.)
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).)