Source: The Remains of the Day
„An achieved poem is always beautiful in its own way, though such a way will many times strike people as harsh and repellent.“
— Geoffrey Hill English poet and professor 1932 - 2016
A matter of timing: The Guardian, Saturday 21 September 2002 http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/sep/21/featuresreviews.guardianreview28/print
„Every theory is true in some discipline.
The beauty of this is that it carries its own confirmation.“
"In Glory like Their Star", The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 2001, Reprinted in Gene Wolfe, Starwater Strains (2005)
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
"Cliffrose and Bayonets", p. 37
Source: Desert Solitaire (1968)
„The poet felt completely free now as he stood there on the deck in his collar and boots, sailing past new and ever newer districts; even if he did not own this land's resources, he owned its beauty.</b“
— Halldór Laxness Icelandic author 1902 - 1998
Heimsljós (World Light) (1940), Book Four: The Beauty of the Heavens
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Improvisatrice (1824)
„Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.“
— Tom Stoppard British playwright 1937
Elle est désirée pour la salir. Non pour elle-même, mais pour la joie goûtée dans la certitude de la profaner.
Source: Georges Bataille, Erotism (1962) [City Lights Books, 1991, trans. Mary Dalwood, ISBN 0872861902], part I, ch. XIII, p. 144.
„Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaining it.“
— Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
Source: Erotism: Death and Sensuality
Source: Infinite Jest
— R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
Source: The Flame is Green (1971), Ch. 9 : Oh, The Steep Roofs of Paris
Context: Listen now to a series of sayings that always come hard to brave people. Our own great movement will grow with its own impetus wherever it is not blighted. We will break up persons of blight and centers of blight. But often, and this will be the hard part for all of you to understand, we will warn and advise before we kill. And quite often we will not kill at all. Try to understand this.
Source: Hainish Cycle, (1974), Chapter 8 (p. 261)
„I look forward to a great future for America, a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past, and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1963, Speech at Amherst College