— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
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„Maxwell's equations… originally consisted of eight equations. These equations are not "beautiful." They do not possess much symmetry. In their original form, they are ugly…. However, when rewritten using time as the fourth dimension, this rather awkward set of eight equations collapses into a single tensor equation. This is what a physicist calls "beauty," because both criteria are now satisfied.“
— Camille Pissarro French painter 1830 - 1903
„In your body is the garden of flowers.
Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the Infinite Beauty.“
— Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518
Songs of Kabîr (1915), Context: Do not go to the garden of flowers! O Friend! go not there; In your body is the garden of flowers. Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the Infinite Beauty.
„Happiness does not fall out of the blue and dreams will not come true by themselves. We need to be down-to-earth and work hard. We should uphold the idea that working hard is the most honorable, noblest, greatest and most beautiful virtue.“
— Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and paramount leader of China 1953
2010s, As quoted in "Xi Jinping meets model workers" http://english.cntv.cn/20130501/102444.shtml in cctv.com English (1 May 2013).
— Gianni Agnelli Italian businessman 1921 - 2003
— Rainer Maria Rilke Austrian poet and writer 1875 - 1926
from poem Go to the Limits of Your Longing. Appears in movie Jojo Rabbit.
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
„The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it.“
— Sadhguru Yogi, mystic, visionary and humanitarian 1957
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„Sensitiveness to beauty of the world continues, and efforts to preserve it were also made in the past.“
— Marek Żukow-Karczewski Polish historian, journalist and opinion journalist 1961
Enchanted by beauty (three forgotten relations), "Aura" 1, 1998-01, p. 17-19. http://yadda.icm.edu.pl/yadda/element/bwmeta1.element.agro-article-d2f0773c-592e-4250-8f73-558234a9140e?q=3c417fdf-4051-4e84-83b2-9eb4fc33b1e0$1&qt=IN_PAGE
„In dealing with those who share his bed, the enlightened ruler may enjoy their beauty but should not listen to their special pleas…“
— Han Fei Chinese philosopher -279 - -232 BC
from "The Eight Villanies", Han Fei Tzu: Basic Writings, Columbia University Press, New York, 1996. Translated by Burton Watson.
„The climbing soul, leaving all that she has grasped already as too narrow for her needs, will thus grasp the idea of that magnificence which is exalted far above the heavens. But how can any one reach to this, whose ambitions creep below? … He therefore who keeps away from all bitterness and all the noisome effluvia of the flesh, and raises himself on the aforesaid wings above all low earthly ambitions, or, more than that, above the whole universe itself, will be the man to find that which is alone worth loving, and to become himself as beautiful as the Beauty which he has touched and entered.“
— Gregory of Nyssa bishop of Nyssa 335 - 395
On Virginity, Chapter 11
„If there is anything beautiful other than absolute beauty, that can only be beautiful as far as it partakes of absolute beauty—and this I should say of everything. …by beauty all things become beautiful. …by greatness only great things become great and greater and greater, and by smallness the less becomes less.“
— Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -470 - -399 BC
„With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.“
— Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life
„To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
„Being human means throwing your whole life on the scales of destiny when need be, all the while rejoicing in every sunny day and every beautiful cloud.“
— Rosa Luxemburg Polish Marxist theorist, socialist philosopher, and revolutionary 1871 - 1919