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BEAUTY
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To make the cunning artless, tame the rude, subdue the haughty, shake the undaunted soul; yea, put a bridle in the lion's mouth, and lead him forth as a domestic cur,--these are the triumphs of all-powerful beauty.
      - Joanna Baillie

Beauty is the greatest of human powers. Any power without counterbalance or control becomes autocratic and leads to abuse and to folly. Despotism in a government is insanity; in woman, fantasy.
      - Honore de Balzac

In a world of hunchbacks, a fine figure becomes a monstrosity.
      - Honore de Balzac

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
      - George Bancroft

Beauty, like truth and justice, lives within us; like virtue, and like moral law, it is a companion of the soul.
      - George Bancroft

Beauty is no local deity, like the Greek and Roman gods, but omnipresent.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Beauty's choicest mirror is an admiring eye.
      - James Lendall Basford

There's nothing that allays an angry mind
  So soon as a sweet beauty.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Elder Brother (act III, sc. 5)

What place is so rugged and so homely that there is no beauty; if you only have a sensibility to beauty?
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Beauty and grace command the world.
      - Park Benjamin

Ye Gods! but she is wondrous fair!
  For me her constant flame appears;
    The garland she hath culled, I wear
      On brows bald since my thirty years.
        Ye veils that deck my loved one rare,
          Fall, for the crowning triumph's nigh.
            Ye Gods! but she is wondrous fair!
              And I, so plain a man am I!
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger, Qu'elle est jolie

Beauty is a possession not our own.
      - Bion of Smyrna

Beauty! thou pretty plaything! dear deceit,
  That steals so softly o'er the stripling's heart
    And gives it a new pulse unknown before!
      - Hugh Blair

An Indian philosopher, being asked what were, according to his opinion, the two most beautiful things in the universe, answered: The starry heavens above our heads, and the feeling of duty in our hearts.
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

Beauty can afford to laugh at distinctions; it is itself the greatest dis-tinction.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Mortal beauty stings while it delights.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The beauty seen is partly in him who sees it.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

To cultivate the sense of the beautiful is but one, and the most effectual, of the ways of cultivating an appreciation of the Divine goodness.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

We give our best affections to the beautiful, only our second best to the useful.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Exalt your passion by directing and settling it upon an object the due con-templation of whose loveliness may cure perfectly all hurts received from mortal beauty.
      - Robert Boyle

Female beauties are as fickle in their faces as in their minds; though casualties should spare them, age brings in a necessity of decay.
      - Robert Boyle

Who has not experienced how, on near acquaintance, plainness becomes beautified, and beauty loses its charm, exactly according to the quality of the heart and mind? And from this cause am I of opinion that the want of outward beauty never disquiets a noble nature or will be regarded as a misfortune. It never can prevent people from being amiable and beloved in the highest degree.
      - Fredrika Bremer

One of the paramount reasons for staying attractive is so you can have somebody to go to bed with.
      - Helen Gurley Brown

The beautiful seems right
  By force of beauty, and the feeble wrong
    Because of weakness.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The beauty seems right
  By force of beauty, and the feeble wrong
    Because of weakness.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. I)


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