„What a beautiful step! I shall never be able to do it.“

As quoted in Encyclopedia of World Biography (1998) edited by Paula Kay Byers and Suzanne Michele Bourgoin, Vol. Hox-Kie‎, p. 504

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„What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?“

—  Elvis Costello English singer-songwriter 1954

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„Perhaps we'll be able to do beautiful things, since I have a stellar, insane desire to assassinate beauty.“

—  Francis Picabia French painter and writer 1879 - 1953

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„Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013

1990s, Inaugural celebration address (1994)
Kontext: Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.
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The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement!
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„What magic shall solve us the secret
Of beauty that’s born for an hour?“

—  Madison Cawein poet from Louisville, Kentucky 1865 - 1914

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„Love and art do not embrace what is beautiful but what is made beautiful by this embrace.“

—  Karl Kraus Czech playwright and publicist 1874 - 1936

Beim Wort genommen (1955); as translated by Harry Zohn

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„I shall not be able to listen any more, or look into the room, or hear anything distinctly. And I, who have not cried since my childhood, I cry now like a child because of all that I shall never have. I cry over lost beauty and grandeur. I love everything that I should have embraced.“

—  Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935

The Inferno (1917), Ch. XVII
Kontext: I shall not be able to listen any more, or look into the room, or hear anything distinctly. And I, who have not cried since my childhood, I cry now like a child because of all that I shall never have. I cry over lost beauty and grandeur. I love everything that I should have embraced.
Here they will pass again, day after day, year after year, all the prisoners of rooms will pass with their kind of eternity. In the twilight when everything fades, they will sit down near the light, in the room full of haloes. They will drag themselves to the window's void. Their mouths will join and they will grow tender. They will exchange a first or a last useless glance. They will open their arms, they will caress each other. They will love life and be afraid to disappear. Here below they will seek a perfect union of hearts. Up above they will seek everlastingness among the shades and a God in the clouds.

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„Death, death. Now I won't be able to write my beautiful memoirs.“

—  Joachim von Ribbentrop German general 1893 - 1946

To Dr. G. M. Gilbert, after receiving the death sentence. Quoted in "Nuremberg Diary" - by G. M. Gilbert - History - 1995

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„O World, why do you wish to persecute me?
How do I offend you, when I intend
only to fix beauty in my intellect,
and never my intellect fix on beauty?“

—  Juana Inés de la Cruz Nun, scholar and poet in New Spain 1651 - 1695

¿En perseguirme, mundo, qué interesas?
¿En qué te ofendo, cuando sólo intento
poner bellezas en mi entendimiento
y no mi entendimiento en las bellezas?
Sonnet 146, as translated by Edith Grossman in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Works (2014)

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„Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.“

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Meditation:Insights and Inspirations (2010) https://books.google.com/books?id=s2ctBgAAQBAJ,

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