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I fell in love with books. Some people find beauty in music, some in painting, some in landscape, but I find it in words. By beauty, I mean the feeling you have suddenly glimpsed another world, or looked into a portal that reveals a kind of magic or romance out of which the world has been constructed, a feeling there is something more than the mundane, and a reason for our plodding.
Donald Miller, To Own a Dragon
I had to wonder if men were so blinded by beauty that they would feel privileged to live their lives with an actual demon, so long as it was a beautiful demon.
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
Whatever it is that pulls the pin, that hurls you past the boundaries of your own life into a brief and total beauty — even for a moment — it is enough.
Jeanette Winterson, Gut Symmetries
Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all.
André Breton, Nadja
She didn’t even have to smile, and she rarely did outside her house — it was the eyes, her dancer’s carriage, the way she seemed to deliberate over the smallest movement of her body.
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones
That’s all I’ve ever dreamed of… To make the world a better place. To bring some beauty to the drab humdrum corners of the soul. You can do it with a toaster, you can do it with a poem, you can do it by reaching out your hand to a stranger. It doesn’t matter what form it takes. To leave the world a little better than you found it. That’s the best a man can ever do.
Paul Auster, Timbuktu
Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.
Donna Tartt, The Secret History
Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music — the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
 Henry Miller
When I hear of people who weary of each other, I believe it is because they have sought virtues in themselves alone, attractions of physical beauty. Have they based their love on each other’s thoughts? Who can weary of thoughts which change every day?
The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2, Anais Nin
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
The Twits, Roald Dahl
You are the most dangerous kind of female the world can ever know. You carry the seeds for your own destruction and the destruction of everyone who loves you. And a great many will love you for your beautiful face for your seductive body; but you will fail them all because you will believe they all fail you first. You are an idealist of the worst kind - the romantic idealist. Born to destroy and self destruct.
V.C. Andrews, Fallen Hearts