Quotations About / On: BEAUTY

  • 11.
    Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty—excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable—should persist after the beauty was gone.
    (Mary A. [Elizabeth, Countess Von] Arnim (1866-1941), Australian-born-British novelist. Mr. Skeffington, ch. 6 (1940).)
  • 12.
    Since art is the expression of beauty and beauty can be understood only in the form of the material elements of the true idea it contains, art has become almost uniquely feminine. Beauty is woman, and also art is woman.
    (Rémy De Gourmont (1858-1915), French critic, novelist. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. and trans. by Glen S. Burne (1966). "The Dissociation of Ideas," (1899).)
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  • 13.
    And yet—it is not beauty that inspires the deepest passion. Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. Beauty, without expression, tires.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 14.
    The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). The Image of Proust, sct. 1 (1929).)
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  • 15.
    The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
    (Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "A Bolter and the Invincible Summer," London Magazine (May 1963).)
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  • 16.
    The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry (1976). Die Fackel (no. 406/12, Vienna, October 5, 1915).)
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  • 17.
    Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty—as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.
    (Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Democracy," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).)
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  • 18.
    Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.
    (Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. La Revue des Deux Mondes (April 1, 1841).)
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  • 19.
    When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible—such descent I call beauty.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 152, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 118, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On Those Who are Sublime," (1883).)
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  • 20.
    Why is it forbidden in New York to acknowledge the charm and beauty of Los Angeles?
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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