„"But tell me how it is that she could be so beautiful without any heart at all — without any place even for a heart to live in." "I cannot quite tell," she said; "but I am sure she would not look so beautiful if she did not take means to make herself look more beautiful than she is. And then, you know, you began by being in love with her before you saw her beauty … But the chief thing that makes her beautiful is this: that, although she loves no man, she loves the love of any man; and when she finds one in her power, her desire to bewitch him and gain his love (not for the sake of his love either, but that she may be conscious anew of her own beauty, through the admiration he manifests), makes her very lovely—with a self-destructive beauty…"“
On the Alder Tree
„You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect—you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there.“
— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
Variante: You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect — you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break — her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there.
„Just as 'beauty' is not related to sex, neither is it related to love. Even having it does not bestow love on a woman, though the beauty myth claims that it must. It is because 'beauty' is so hostile to love that many beautiful women are so cynical about men. […] The beautiful woman is excluded forever from the rewards and responsibilities of particular human love, for she cannot trust that any man will love her 'for herself alone.' A hellish doubt inheres in the myth that makes impersonal 'beauty' a prerequisite for love: Where does love go when beauty vanishes? And, if a woman cannot be loved 'for herself alone,' for whom is she being loved?“
— Naomi Wolf, livro The Beauty Myth
Fonte: The Beauty Myth (1991), Chapter 5 : 'Sex', p. 172
„She looked so irresistibly beautiful as she said those brave words that no man alive could have steel his heart against her.“
— Wilkie Collins, livro The Woman in White
Fonte: The Woman in White
„I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm so indebted to her for.“
— W.C. Fields actor 1880 - 1946
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
Variante: 'Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her.
Amply that in her husband’s eye looks lovely,—
The truest mirror that an honest wife
Can see her beauty in.“
— John Tobin, The Honey Moon
The Honeymoon (1805), Act iii. Sc. 4.
„She fell in love with the cataract and turned to it as a confidant, not because of its beauty or power, but because it seemed to tell her a story which she longed to understand.“
— Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918
Esther Dudley's reaction to Niagara Falls, in Ch. IX
Esther: A Novel (1884)
„You built your walls too, she tells him. So I have my wall. She says it glittering in a beauty he cannot stand. She with her beautiful clothes with her pale face that laughs at everyone who smiles at her…“
— Michael Ondaatje, livro The English Patient
Fonte: The English Patient
— Joaquin Miller American judge 1837 - 1913
IV, p. 25.
The Ship in the Desert (1875)
Contexto: I only saw her as she pass'd —
A great, sad beauty, in whose eyes
Lay all the loves of Paradise....
You shall not know her — she who sat
Unconscious in my heart all time
I dream'd and wove this wayward rhyme,
And loved and did not blush thereat.
— Jodi Picoult Author 1966
Fonte: Between the Lines
„she was glad she had been scarred. She said that whoever loved her now would love her true self, and not her pretty face.“
— Cassandra Clare, livro Anjo Mecânico
Fonte: Clockwork Angel
„You wonder about her crime. She was condemned
to death for stealing clothes from her employer, from
the wife of her employer. She wished to make herself
more beautiful. This desire in servants was not legal.“
— Margaret Atwood Canadian writer 1939
Selected Poems 1976-1986 (1987), Marrying the Hangman
„[It] is all about the African woman, her beauty and how she makes herself beautiful. An African woman is therefore not to be messed up with or looked down upon because she’s feminine. Even though she’s beautiful, she’s strong and has a sense of pride.“
— Muma Gee Nigerian singer and songwriter 1978
In " The role Emeka Ike played in my marriage http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/06/the-role-emeka-ike-played-in-my-marriage/" by Opeoluwani Ogunjimi on vanguardngr.com, June 15, 2013: On her song "African Woman Skillashy"
„She's gonna listen to her heart.
It's gonna tell her what to do.
She might need a lot of loving,
But she don't need you.“
— Tom Petty American musician 1950 - 2017
Listen to Her Heart
Lyrics, You're Gonna Get It! (1978)
— Ben Gibbard American singer, songwriter and guitarist 1976