“"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." (Source: Confucius)”

Quotations: What is beauty?

Quotations through history

  • "The Brightness of her cheek would shame those stars as daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven would through the airy region stream so bright that birds would sing, and think it were not night."                                                                                 (Source: excerpt from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare)


  • “Nigel looked at her with sparkling eyes. The soul which shone through her dark face had transformed it for the moment into a beauty, more lofty and more rare than that of her shallow sister. He bowed before the majesty of the woman, and pressed his lips to her hand.”                                                                                                        (Source: excerpt from ‘Sir Nigel’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)


  • "She had gained a reputation for beauty, and (which is often another thing) was beautiful."
    (Source: excerpt from ‘Little Dorrit’ by Charles Dickens)


  • “These are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.”
    (Source: excerpt from ‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Melville)


  • “She had once been described, by one who saw below the surface, as a perfectly beautiful woman in an absolutely plain shell.”
    (Source: excerpt from ‘The Rosary’ by Florence L Barclay)


  • “Away she hurried, not beautiful, not supremely brilliant, but filled with something that took the place of both qualities — something best described as a profound vivacity, a continual and sincere response to all that she encountered in her path through life.”
    (Source: excerpt from ‘Howards End’ by EM Forster)


  • "The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express."
    (Source: Francis Bacon)


  • "Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul."
    (Source: George Bancroft)


  • "There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness."
    (Source: Charles Baudelaire)


  • "Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time."
    (Source: Albert Camus)


  • "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
    (Source: Confucius)