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All kinds of beauty do not inspire love; there is a kind which only pleases the sight, but does not captivate the affections.
  [Sp., No todas hermosuras enamoran, que algunas alegran la vista, y no rinden la voluntad.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (II, 6)

Beauty is an all-pervading presence. It unfolds to the numberless flowers of the spring; it waves in the branches of the trees and the green blades of grass; it haunts the depths of the earth and the sea, and gleams out in the hues of the shell and the precious stone. And not only these minute objects, but the ocean, the mountains, the clouds, the heavens, the stars, the rising and setting sun, all overflow with beauty.
      - William Ellery Channing

No man receives the true culture of a man in whom the sensibility to the beautiful is not cherished; and I know of no condition in life from which it should be excluded. Of all luxuries this is cheapest and the most at hand; and it seems to me to be the most important to those conditions where coarse labor tends to give a grossness to the mind.
      - William Ellery Channing

The greatest truths are wronged if not linked with beauty; and they win their way most surely and deeply into the soul when arrayed in this their natural and fit attire.
      - William Ellery Channing

Exceeding fair she was not; and yet fair
  In that she never studied to be fairer
    Than Nature made her; her beauty cost her nothing,
      Her virtues were so rare.
      - George Chapman, All Fools (act I, sc. 1)

I pour into the world the eternal streams
  Wan prophets tent beside, and dream their dreams.
      - John Vance Cheney, Beauty

If it came in a bottle, everyone would have a great body.
      - Cher

It is the saddest of all things that even one human soul should dimly perceive the beauty that is ever around perpetual benediction.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

O, it is the saddest of all things that even one human soul should dimly perceive the beauty that is ever around us, "a perpetual benediction!" Nature, that great missionary of the Most High, preaches to us, forever in all tones of love, and writes truth in all colors, on manuscripts illuminated with stars and flowers.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

We do love beauty at first sight; and we do cease to love it, if it is not accompanied by amiable qualities.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

I am of opinion that there is nothing so beautiful but that there is something still more beautiful, of which this is the mere image and expression,--a something which can neither be perceived by the eyes, the ears, nor any of the senses; we comprehend it merely in the imagination.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

It was a very proper answer to him who asked why any map should be delighted with beauty, that it was a question that none but a blind man could ask; since any beautiful object doth so much attract the sight of all men, that it is in no man's power not to be pleased with it.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

It matters more what's in a woman's face than what's on it.
      - Claudette Colbert

She is not fair to outward view
  As many maidens be;
    Her loveliness I never knew
      Until she smiled on me:
        Oh! then I saw her eye was bright,
          A well of love, a spring of light.
      - Hartley Coleridge, Song

The sense of beauty is intuitive, and beauty itself is all that inspires pleasure without, and aloof from, and even contrarily to interest.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Her gentle limbs did she undress,
  And lay down in her loveliness.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christabel
         (pt. I, st. 24)

'Twas not the fading charms of face
  That riveted Love's golden chain;
    It was the high celestial grace
      Of goodness that doth never wane--
        Whose are the sweets that never pall,
          Delicious, pure, and crowning all.
      - Abraham Coles

That is true beauty which has not only a substance, but a spirit; a beauty that we must intimately know, justly to appreciate.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There is in true beauty something which vulgar cannot admire.
      - William Congreve

Beauty is the lover's gift.
      - William Congreve, The Way of the World
         (act II, sc. 2)

O human beauty, what a dream art thou, that we should cast our life and hopes away on thee!
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as it is white is not all that's beautiful.
      - Bill Cosby

Such harmony in motion, speech and air,
  That without fairness, she was more than fair.
      - George Crabbe

Beauty, sweet love, is like the morning dew,
  Whose short refresh upon tender green,
    Cheers for a time, but till the sun doth show
      And straight is gone, as it had never been.
      - Samuel Daniel

Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from the eternal.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri")

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