What Is Beauty?

There are lots of famous beauty quotes and below are a few of the most inspiring quotes to ponder!

When we think of beauty we mostly think of beauty products or supermodels but there is so much more to it!

“Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the infinite” said once the historian George Bancroft.

The nature of beauty is one of the most fascinating riddles of philosophy. Is beauty universal? How do we know it? Is it physical or are we making an emotional connection when we perceive something to have beauty?

I guess there is no simple answer…but it is a question I have asked myself many times this year…What is Beauty?

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You might not have heard all of these quotes before, but they all come from the mouths and minds of some pretty memorable people!

“BEAUTY IS ETERNITY GAZING AT ITSELF IN THE MIRROR”. KAHIL GIBRAN

For Khalil Gibran no single religious tradition revealed the whole truth about life so he wove together insights from Eastern Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, American Transcendentalism, and the folklore of his native Lebanon to create his own universal “Anthem of Humanity” … he attacks narrow-mindedness, clerical hypocrisy and political injustice, and issues a declaration of faith in life itself.

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“EVERYTHING HAS BEAUTY BUT NOT EVERYONE SEES IT.” CONFUCIUS

Chinese philosopher Confucius has offered up his fair share of charismatic quotes and this beauty quote is pretty self-explanatory but I think it’s a great reminder to stop and admire beauty all around us!

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“THE BEAUTY OF A WOMAN IS NOT IN A FACIAL MODE BUT THE TRUE BEAUTY IN A WOMAN IS REFLECTED IN HER SOUL. IT IS THE CARING THAT SHE LOVINGLY GIVES, THE PASSION THAT SHE SHOWS. THE BEAUTY OF A WOMAN GROWS WITH THE PASSING YEARS.” AUDREY HEPBURN

Audrey Hepburn has shared tons of famous beauty quotes and quotes about life in general and they’re all pretty amazing.  Recognised as both a film and fashion icon she has since been ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

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“LOVE OF BEAUTY IS TASTE. THE CREATION OF BEAUTY IS ART.” RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer and poet and his essays remain among the linchpins of American thinking, his work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers and poets that have followed him. If anyone could write a famous beauty quote, it’s Ralph Waldo Emerson! The man was more than qualified to provide us with insight about life. I like to think this quote refers to any and all creators of beauty including all the talented makeup artists and hair stylists!

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“DISCIPLINE IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER. IF A YOUNG WOMAN IS BEAUTIFUL BUT HAS NO DISCIPLINE, SHE WILL LOSE HER LOOKS AS SHE GROWS OLDER. IF A PLAIN WOMAN IS DISCIPLINED SHE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BECOME MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH TIME.” SOPHIA LOREN

Screen siren Sophia Loren obviously knew a thing or two about beauty and her quote on beauty reminds us that beauty is not just about appearances. Remember this when you’re having a bad hair day or your makeup just doesn’t look right to you, that no matter how you think you look, your beauty inside still shines through!

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“I LOATHE NARCISSISM, BUT I APPROVE OF VANITY” DIANA VREELAND

The noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion, Diana Vreeland  worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Known for her impeccible fashion style she was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame

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“BE YOURSELF, THE WORLD WORSHIPS THE ORIGINAL.” INGRID BERGMAN

Old Hollywood actresses gave us so many famous beauty quotes!  Ingrid was not an iconic beauty, she was tall, had slightly prominent teeth , refused to pluck her full eyebrows, but she looked healthy, had flawless skin and a mischievous look in her eyes.  This quote prompts us to always be ourselves and we’ll be admired for being our true selves! If you have those days where you’re unhappy with yourself, remember that you’re an original and perfect the way you are!

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“ALTHOUGH BEAUTY MAYBE IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, THE FEELING OF BEING BEAUTIFUL EXISTS SOLELY IN THE MIND OF THE BEHELD.” MARTHA BECK

Sociologist, therapist, life coach and best-selling author Martha Beck gave us this next quote on beauty and I couldn’t agree more! While it’s nice to be complimented and admired, I think feeling beautiful from the inside is much more powerful and meaningful.

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“BEAUTY IS POWER; A SMILE IS ITS SWORD.” JOHN RAY

Naturalist John Ray wrote many books on natural history but he really hit the nail on the head with this famous beauty quote. Being beautiful is a force in itself but if you pair it with a smile, it makes for a potent combination. Smiles are universal and can make you and the receiver feel good, so why not do it more often?

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“ANYONE WHO KEEPS THE ABILITY TO SEE BEAUTY NEVER GROWS OLD.” FRANZ KAFKA

Known as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka captured his thoughts on being forever young with his famous beauty quote. As long as we can identify and admire beauty, we will remain young at heart and mind!

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“THE BEST PART OF BEAUTY IS THAT WHICH NO PICTURE CAN EXPRESS.” FRANCIS BACON

Francis Bacon Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw imagery so his famous beauty quote can be interpreted in so many ways. I like to think that he’s referring to inner beauty but I also like to think it’s about happiness. Beauty comes in many forms and they can’t all be captured in pictures.

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“IMPERFECTION IS BEAUTY, MADNESS IS GENIUS AND IT’S BETTER TO BE ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS THAN ABSOLUTELY BORING.” MARILYN MONROE

The more Marilyn Monroe’s quote I read, the more I am sure (1) she was way smarter than I realised (2) I think I would have liked her and her quotes on life and beauty really speak to me. As beautiful as she was, she still recognized beauty in imperfections and being yourself.

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“NEVER BEND YOUR HEAD. ALWAYS HOLD IT HIGH. LOOK THE WORLD STRAIGHT IN THE EYE” HELEN KELLAR

The name of Helen Keller is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, yet she was much more than a symbol. She was a woman of luminous intelligence, high ambition and great accomplishment who devoted her life to helping others. During her lifetime, Helen Keller was consistently ranked near the top of “most admired” lists.

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