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The modern world has changed our relationship to many things. But one such thing that has become incredibly distorted is the modern idea of beauty.
Throughout history beauty has been seen as something that has applied to all forms of art and literature, but the modern understanding of beauty is often limited to the physical.
Stemming from pop culture and modern media, the physical expectations for beauty have become increasingly skewed and one dimensional.
This is a problem because everyone wants to feel they are beautiful in some way, and when the standards become so difficult to keep up with, a large percentage of people are going to feel bad about themselves.
That’s why, whenever an idea such as beauty becomes distorted, it’s important to take a look back at what it truly means. So check out these quotes about beauty to boost your self esteem and see your own beauty today.
Beauty is not something that is always seen. We have often wondered from where beauty arises.
Does it come from the objects themselves, from the thing that perceives them, or the relationship between the two?
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.Confucius
Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.David Hume
Beauty arises out of human inspiration.Richard Dawkins
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.Audrey Hepburn
Beauty is intricately tied to truth.
There is something that is attractive about both truth and beauty. We find honest people endearing, and we shun those who lie.
Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.Khalil Gibran
I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.Emma Stone
No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.Eleanor Roosevelt
When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.John Lennon
Beauty can mean many different things for many different people.
Beauty is to some degree subjective, and it’s important that we don’t take everyone else’s opinion at face value. We should look to discover what we find truly beautiful, whether that be in art, in people, or in nature.
Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do not perceive it.Roger Scruton
Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.Albert Einstein
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.Virginia Woolf
Beauty doesn’t have to be superficial.
It’s a good thing for everyone when we move past superficial ideas of beauty. It makes the world a more interesting and diverse place, and it means we can relieve some of the tension that goes along with high expectations in our society.
Some of us teach ourselves and our children to love the superficial outer; our looks, hair, skin, clothes rather than the greater beauty that resides within whereas it is that inner beauty that really defines you and who you truly are.Rassool Jibraeel Snyman
That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.John Green
It’s beautiful when your realness is tested by fake people.Kichhuu
You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.Melissa Etheridge
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Beauty can be found in unexpected places.
Often beauty comes from the things we least expect. It may not be as clean cut or a clear reflection of a stereotype we have, but it can be just as beautiful nonetheless.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping its dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.Tupac Shakur
The paintings of Francis Bacon to my eye are very beautiful. The paintings of Bosch or Goya are to my eye very beautiful. I’ve also stood in front of those same paintings with people who’ve said, ‘let’s get on to the Botticellis as soon as possible.’ I have lingered, of course.Clive Barker
She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.F. Scott Fitzgerald
Beauty can be found in silence and spirituality
If we consider that beauty emerges from a relationship that we may have with the world around us, then spirituality may be the place from which we forge this relationship. Whether you’re a firm believer in god or a strict materialist, you can still find beauty in the relationship you have to the grand and mysterious universe around you.
Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.Shannon Alder
Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.Paramahansa Yogananda
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.Carl Sagan
I think that when you consider the beauty of the world and you wonder how it came to be what it is, you are naturally overwhelmed with a feeling of awe, a feeling of admiration and you almost feel a desire to worship something. I feel this, I recognize that other scientists such as Carl Sagan feel this, Einstein felt it. We, all of us, share a kind of religious reverence for the beauties of the universe, for the complexity of life. For the sheer magnitude of the cosmos, the sheer magnitude of geological time. And it’s tempting to translate that feeling of awe and worship into a desire to worship some particular thing, a person, an agent. You want to attribute it to a maker, to a creator. What science has now achieved is an emancipation from that impulse to attribute these things to a creator.Richard Dawkins