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Victor HugoHow beauty varies in nature and art! In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

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Wallace StevensDeath is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Marilyn MonroeIf you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.

—  Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, American actress

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Mignon McLaughlinBeauty often fades, but seldom so swiftly as the joy it gives us.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Mignon McLaughlinGood-looking girls break hearts, and good-hearted girls mend them.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Albert CamusWe have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Dorothy ParkerBeauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

ConfuciusEverything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

TalleyrandBeauty, devoid of grace, is a mere hook without the bait.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Ralph Waldo EmersonThings are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Gore VidalA narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

JuvenalRare is the union of beauty and purity.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

William BlakeArt can never exist without Naked Beauty displayed.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Philip SidneyA fair woman shall not only command without authority but persuade without speaking.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

Albert CamusMan cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Albert CamusAt the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Francis BaconThere is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

G. K. ChestertonThere is the great lesson of “Beauty and the Beast,” that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Charles BaudelaireThe study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries out in terror before being defeated.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Charles BaudelaireThe bizarre is a necessary ingredient in beauty.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Paul ValeryNothing beautiful can be summarized.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantIt is one of the most culpable oversights of nature that virtue and beauty so often come in separate packages.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Fyodor DostoyevskyThe awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

George SantayanaBeauty as we feel it is something indescribable: what it is or what it means can never be said.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Karl KrausA woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausCosmetics is the science of a woman's cosmos.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Bob MarleyThe most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Marcel ProustLet us leave pretty women to men with no imagination.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Eleanor RooseveltBeautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president


Quotes in Verse

John KeatsBeauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet


Funny Quotes

Karl KrausThere are women who are not beautiful but only look that way.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Phyllis DillerI spent seven hours in a beauty shop... and that was for the estimate.

—  Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012, American comedian


Ancient Greek

AristotleBeauty is better than any recommendation letter.

Το κάλλος παντός επιστολίου συστατικώτερον.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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Proverbs

Chinese proverbBeauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.

—  Chinese proverb

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English proverbBeauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

—  English proverb

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Movie Quotes

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)Magic Mirror on the Wall. Who is the fairest one of all?

—  from the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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