— Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934
As quoted in The Subtlety of Emotions (2001) by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, p. 204.
— Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934
— Paul Éluard French poet 1895 - 1952
Cited: Leon-Gabriel Gros. "A miracol mostrare." Cahiers du Sud. (1953) p. 36. Citation reported: Sara Sturm-Maddox. Petrarch's laurels. (1992). Penn State Press. p. 68.
„Love makes a woman beautiful –
but beauty does not have such power, beauty cannot make a woman worthy of love.“
— Walther von der Vogelweide Middle High German lyric poet 1170 - 1230
"Herzeliebez vrowelîn", line 17; translation from Frederick Goldin German and Italian Lyrics of the Middle Ages (New York: Anchor, 1973) p. 121.
„A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.“
— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
— Kees van Dongen Dutch painter 1877 - 1968
in: Modern Dutch painting: an introduction, Netherlands Information Service, (1960), p. 26
— Stendhal French writer 1783 - 1842
Ch. 17, footnote
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
Context: What is there within us to-night? What is this sound of wings? Are our eyes opening as fast as night falls? Formerly, we had the sensual lovers' animal dread of nothingness; but to-day, the simplest and richest proof of our love is that the supreme meaning of death to us is — leaving each other. And the bond of the flesh — neither are we afraid to think and speak of that, saying that we were so joined together that we knew each other completely, that our bodies have searched each other. This memory, this brand in the flesh, has its profound value; and the preference which reciprocally graces two beings like ourselves is made of all that they have and all that they had. I stand up in front of Marie — already almost a convert — and I tremble and totter, so much is my heart my master: — "Truth is more beautiful than dreams, you see."
„Nothing,' wrote Tolstoy, 'can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.“
— Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
„It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow.“
— Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968
Context: I remember the morning that I first asked the meaning of the word, "love." This was before I knew many words. I had found a few early violets in the garden and brought them to my teacher. She tried to kiss me: but at that time I did not like to have any one kiss me except my mother. Miss Sullivan put her arm gently round me and spelled into my hand, "I love Helen." "What is love?" I asked. She drew me closer to her and said, "It is here," pointing to my heart, whose beats I was conscious of for the first time. Her words puzzled me very much because I did not then understand anything unless I touched it. I smelt the violets in her hand and asked, half in words, half in signs, a question which meant, "Is love the sweetness of flowers?" "No," said my teacher. Again I thought. The warm sun was shining on us. "Is this not love?" I asked, pointing in the direction from which the heat came. "Is this not love?" It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow. But Miss Sullivan shook her head, and I was greatly puzzled and disappointed. I thought it strange that my teacher could not show me love. Ch. 6
„I have loved books all my life. There is nothing more beautiful in our material world than the book.“
— Patti Smith American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist 1946