„How beautiful it is when goodness succeeds badness; and how unappealing it is when evil succeeds goodness.“
— Muhammad al-Baqir fifth of the Twelve Shia Imams 677 - 733
[Mizan al-Hikmah, Muhammadi Reishahri, Muhammad, Dar al-Hadith, 2010, 3, Qum, 114]
— Francesca Lia Block American children's writer 1962
Source: Baby Be-Bop
— Rene Balcer screenwriter, producer and director 1954
Det. Mike Logan in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
„A good listener is very nearly as attractive as a good talker. You cannot have a beautiful mind if you do not know how to listen.“
— Edward de Bono Maltese physician 1933
Source: How To Have A Beautiful Mind
„It's [Los Angeles] mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania. They think they'll be young and beautiful forever, even though most of them aren't even young and beautiful now.“
— Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011
„That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful.“
— Ninon de L'Enclos French author, courtesan, freethinker, and patron of the arts 1620 - 1705
Attributed in Lewis Copeland, Best Quotations for All Occasions (1965), p. 19
„Pollution, defilement, squalor are words that never would have been created had man lived conformably to Nature. Birds, insects, bears die as cleanly and are disposed of as beautifully as flies. The woods are full of dead and dying trees, yet needed for their beauty to complete the beauty of the living…. How beautiful is all Death!“
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
August or September 1875, page 222
John of the Mountains, 1938
„People call this beautiful? - no, they are crazy, or I am mad! – How I learned now at Oosterbeek [c. 1834-36 that I should look at Nature completely different! In the beginning I could not make anything good; I soon realized that I had to start all over again.“
— Johannes Warnardus Bilders painter from the Northern Netherlands 1811 - 1890
version in original Dutch (citaat van Johannes Warnardus Bilders, in Nederlands): Moet dat nu mooi heeten? - neen, de menschen zijn gek, of ik! - Wat leerde ik nu te Oosterbeek die Natuur gansch anders aankijken! In 't begin kon ik niets goeds maken; ik zag al gauw, dat ik weer van voren af aan moest beginnen.
Source: The Book of Tea
„.. the thing was to choose one [a ready-made object] that you were not attracted by.... and that was difficult because anything becomes beautiful if you look at it long enough... [My intention was to] completely eliminate the existence of taste, bad or good or indifferent.“
— Marcel Duchamp French painter and sculptor 1887 - 1968
Quote from The New York school – the painters & sculptors of the fifties, Irving Sandler, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978, p. 164
„When people talk about reincarnation, I always feel that if there is such a thing, this is definitely my first time, because I'm always amazed. I'm both amazed at how horrifically we can treat each other and all other living things, and also amazed at the wonder and the beauty. I'm like: 'Oh my God, look at that bird!' or 'Look at that flower!' literally every single day. I can't get over how people are putting so much energy and so many resources into going to Mars when everything we could ever dream of is on this planet, if we just take care of it. What do they have on Mars? They don't even have oxygen up there!“
— Daryl Hannah actress 1960
"'I'm a little bit of a nerd'", interview with The Guardian (7 June 2009) https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/jun/07/interview-daryl-hannah.
Source: The Glass Menagerie
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
Variant: It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
„I suppose I have a concern for this extraordinary, beautiful, amazing, exciting, taxonomically brilliant world that we live in, but we keep fucking it up all the time.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
In an interview in the Washington DC City Paper, 6 Apr 1990
„For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so,
because it serenely disdains to destroy us.
Every angel is terrible.“
First Elegy (as translated by Stephen Mitchell)
Source: Duino Elegies (1922)
Context: Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
hierarchies? and even if one of them
pressed me against his heart: I would be consumed
in that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothing
but the beginning of terror, which we still are just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains
to annihilate us. Every angel is terrifying.