1. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

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  2. We fly to beauty as an asylum from the terrors of finite nature.

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  3. The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy.

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  4. Beauty rests on necessities.

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  5. As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.

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  6. Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.

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  7. Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.

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  8. Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,Then beauty is its own excuse for being:Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!I never sought to ask, I never knew:But, in my simple ignorance supposeThe selfsame power that brought me there brought you.

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  9. We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

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  10. Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.

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  11. A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.

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  12. Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.

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  13. Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

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  14. The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.

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  15. To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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  16. Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty.

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  17. As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.

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  18. Beauty without expression is boring.

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  19. Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

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  20. We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

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  21. Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

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  22. Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.

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  23. Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man.

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  24. A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.

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