„Art is the Flower - Life is the Green Leaf. Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful - more lasting than life itself… you must offer real, living - beautifully coloured flowers - flowers that grow from, but above, the green leaf – flowers that are not dead – are not dying – not artificial – real flowers springing from your own soul – not even cut flowers - You must offer the flowers of the art that is in you – the symbols of all that is noble – and beautiful – and inspiring - flowers that will often change a colourless leaf - into an established and thoughtful thing.“
— Charles Rennie Mackintosh Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist 1868 - 1928
Lecture, "Seemliness" (Glasgow, 1902), as cited in: David Brett, C. R. Mackintosh: The Poetics of Workmanship, (2004), p. 56
„Live more and more in the Present, which is ever beautiful and stretches away beyond the limits of the past and the future.“
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
p. 5809 http://www.lordmeher.org/index.jsp?pageBase=page.jsp&nextPage=5809
„I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things:—then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love from henceforth!“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983
„I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners — all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty — and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
— Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886
— 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."
„“There is something more mysteriously attractive than beauty: it is corruption.” (Garden of Tortures)“
— Octave Mirbeau French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright 1848 - 1917
„Beautiful women, whose beauty meant more than it said… was their brilliancy always fed by something coarse and concealed? Was that their secret?“
— Willa Cather American writer and novelist 1873 - 1947
A Lost Lady (1923), Part I, Ch. 7
„There are more useful systems developed in languages deemed awful than in languages praised for being beautiful--many more.“
— Bjarne Stroustrup Danish computer scientist, creator of C++ 1950
— E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962
— Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934
As quoted in The Subtlety of Emotions (2001) by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, p. 204.
— Kees van Dongen Dutch painter 1877 - 1968
in: Modern Dutch painting: an introduction, Netherlands Information Service, (1960), p. 26
— Halle Berry American actress 1966
Rick Yune — reported in Amy Longsdorf (November 17, 2002) "Still flying, still down to earth - Nothing's been the same since Oscar night, except Halle Berry herself", The Record, p. E01.
„Of all the joys of life which may fairly come under the head of recreation there is nothing more great, more refreshing, more beneficial in the widest sense of the word, than a real love of the beauty of the world…“
— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
Context: Of all the joys of life which may fairly come under the head of recreation there is nothing more great, more refreshing, more beneficial in the widest sense of the word, than a real love of the beauty of the world... to those who have some feeling that the natural world has beauty in it I would say, Cultivate this feeling and encourage it in every way you can. Consider the seasons, the joy of the spring, the splendour of the summer, the sunset colours of the autumn, the delicate and graceful bareness of winter trees, the beauty of snow, the beauty of light upon water, what the old Greek called the unnumbered smiling of the sea.