Quotes on… Beauty
People would take pains to tell her that beauty was only skin-deep, as if a man ever fell for an attractive pair of kidneys.
- Terry Pratchett (Maskerade)
What was beauty unless you intended you to use it, like a hammer, or a key? It was just something for other people to use and admire, or envy, despise. To nail their dreams onto like a picture hanger on a blank wall. And so many girls saying, use me, dream me.
- Janet Fitch (White Oleander)
Beauty is power and elegance, right action, form fitting function, intelligence, and reasonability. And very often, expressed in curves.
- Kim Stanley Robinson (Red Mars)
On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day.
To be poor, ugly, and moreover, intelligent, condemns one, in our society, to a dark and disillusioned life, a condition one ought to accept an early age. To beauty, all is forgiven, even vulgarity. Intelligence no longer seems an adequate compensation for things – some sort of balancing of the scales offered by nature to those less favored among her children – no, it is a superfluous plaything that exists only to enhance the value of the jewel. As for ugliness, it is guilty from the start, and I was doomed by my tragic destiny to suffer all the more, for I was hardy stupid.
- Muriel Barbery (The Elegance of the Hedgehog)