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Nymph of the River
The Nymph of the River
(with metallic ink)

by Lord Frederic Leighton
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She walks in beauty,
Like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes
 ~Lord Byron ~

Beauty pleases the eyes only;
Sweetness of disposition charms the soul
~Voltaire (1694-1778) ~

We fly to beauty as an asylum
From the terrors of finite nature.
 ~Emerson, Journals, 1836

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. ~Jawaharlal Nehru ~

Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.
~ D. H. Lawrence~

The echoes of beauty you've seen transpire, Resound through dying coals of a campfire.~ Ernest Hemingway~

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
 ~Percy Bysshe Shelley ~

The stars of midnight shall be dear
To her; and she shall lean her ear
In many a secret place
Where rivulets dance their wayward round,
And beauty born of murmuring sound Shall pass into her face.
Three years she grew in Sun and Shower
 ~William Wordsworth 1770-1850~

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart
~ Kahlil Gibran~

A soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
~Johann von Goethe ~

A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness.
~ ~John Keats. 1795-1821 Endymion. Book i

Did my heart love till now?
Forswear it sight,
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
~  Romeo and Juliet.~

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
 ~Helen Keller ~

Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind,
he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty,
but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality),
and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may."
N.B.: This famous aphorism is often misquoted, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
 ~Plato ~

I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty,
I woke, and found that life was Duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, poor heart, unceasingly;
And thou shalt find thy dream to be
A truth and noonday light to thee.
Life a Duty
 ~Ellen Sturgis Hooper. 1816-1841.

No radiant pearl which crested Fortune wears,
No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's ears, Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn, Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn, Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.
 ~Erasmus Darwin. 1731-1802. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 459.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
~John Muir~

Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
 ~Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. 121-180 A.D.

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
~ John Muir~"

"Justice, truth, and beauty are sisters and comrades. With three such beautiful words we have no need to look for any others. "
~ Simone Weil~

“It is not beauty that endears, it's love that makes us see beauty”
~Tolstoy~

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
 ~Rumi ~

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else.
From beauty no road leads to reality.
 ~Hannah Arendt (Rachel Varnhagen)


For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
 ~Ivan Panin ~

It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.
 ~Anonymous ~

Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.
 ~Roy R. Gilson ~

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
 ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
 ~Albert Einstein ~

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
~ Edgar Allen Poe~


Doth perfect beauty stand in need of praise at all?
Nay; no more than law, no more than truth,
no more than loving kindness, nor than modesty. ~ Ibid ~

Personal beauty is a better introduction than any letter;...Diogenes Laertius. Circa 200 A.D.

Aristotle called beauty "the gift of God;",

Socrates called it "a short-lived tyranny;"

Theophrastus, "a silent deceit;"

Theocritus, "an ivory mischief;"

Carneades, "a sovereignty which stood in need of no guards."

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul."
~ George Sand~

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  ~Vincent Van Gogh ~

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. ~Kahlil Gibran~

"The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest gift of the human cerebrum." ~Alexis Carrel ~

"The sense of truth no matter how subjective is necessary for the experience of beauty
~ Lawrence Durrell ~

"Beauty and folly are old companions."
~Ben Franklin ~

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. - Christopher Morley

Kahlil Gibran
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