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Beauty...It's complicated.

Beauty is a hell of a thing. I can be our inspiration, but it can also be our undoing. Beauty spawns obsession, yet it also breeds hate. It is a dichotomous trait, and subject to a wide range of interpretations, and yet we are fascinated by it and discuss it, even if we find ourselves gaining nothing practical from it.

Let us see what some of the great minds and writers of history have to say about it.

Oscar Wilde seems a bit unsure what to think...

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

And yet...

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.

Beauty, now matter how great, is not in all cases immune to the power of ugliness. Interesting, Mr. Wilde. If we think about it in a more than superficial manner, we may gain some useful insight about what beauty truly is.

Some are more optimistic than others...

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. --Confucious

Does it take something special to bring out that beauty which is in all things?

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

And of course, their remains strong opposition to the correlation between beauty and virtue...

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. --Leo Tolstoy

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful. --Ninon de L'Enclos

When was the last time your gaze caught sight of someone or something and you couldn't help but be struck speechless, either by their physical beauty or their pureness of heart?

Keep an eye out!

9 Responses so far.

  1. Charles says:

    for me its usually when my mind opened by cannabinoids, which is sad actually. I wish I was more open to appreciating things sober.

  2. By your selection of quotes, you may enjoy some Rumi. Check him out.

  3. Stare Dad says:

    Love these. Keep'em coming plz!

  4. las3R says:

    That's a beautiful pic. Keep it up, cheers (:

  5. Sam says:

    The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross quote is beautiful, so true

  6. Patti D. says:

    great stuff, thanks for the post

  7. Alphabeta says:

    Great quotes as always - will spend my day looking for (and thinking about) 'beauty' now.

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