— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„Anyone who cannot see that courage is more beautiful than cowardice or rashness, or that liberality is more beautiful than miserliness or prodigality, suffers, one might say, from the moral equivalent of color-blindness.“
Looking for an Honest Man (2009)
Contexto: With his attractive picture of human flourishing, Aristotle offers lasting refuge against the seas of moral relativism. Taking us on a tour of the museum of the virtues — from courage and moderation, through liberality, magnificence, greatness of soul, ambition, and gentleness, to the social virtues of friendliness, truthfulness, and wit — and displaying each of their portraits as a mean between two corresponding vices, Aristotle gives us direct and immediate experience in seeing the humanly beautiful. Anyone who cannot see that courage is more beautiful than cowardice or rashness, or that liberality is more beautiful than miserliness or prodigality, suffers, one might say, from the moral equivalent of color-blindness.
„Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
— Gianni Agnelli Italian businessman 1921 - 2003
„The country [ Brittany ] is very beautiful and painterly one see stimulating color tones; but the more abstract one works, the more one transforms the sketch into combinations.“
— Jacoba van Heemskerck Dutch painter 1876 - 1923
(translation from German, Fons Heijnsbroek, 2018, original version, written by Jacoba in German:) Das land [Bretagne]] is sehr schön und farbig gibt es reizige Töne; je mehr abstract man aber arbeitet, je mehr man die Skizze zu Combinationen umarbeitet.
note on a postcard to Herwarth Walden [initiator of Der 'Sturm' in Germany], 14 May 1914; as cited by Arend H. Huussen Jr. in Jacoba van Heemskerck, kunstenares van het Expressionisme, Haags Gemeentemuseum The Hague, 1982, p. 18
— Martha Raye American comic actress and singer 1916 - 1994
Quoted in Susan Horowitz: "Queens of comedy: Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers" p. 128 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=X77jSHAkKnMC&pg=PA128&lpg=PA128&dq=%22Ask+any+girl+what+she'd+rather+be+than+beautiful,+and+she'll+say+more+beautiful.%22&source=bl&ots=AzUsYOZJ2m&sig=QQAYhtyJb5NBPdpOSJdI_ZlKmLc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2U8sT9rgAeaj0QXH-tysCA&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Ask%20any%20girl%20what%20she'd%20rather%20be%20than%20beautiful%2C%20and%20she'll%20say%20more%20beautiful.%22&f=false
„American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.“
— James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
Light (1919), Ch. XXIII - Face To Face
Contexto: What is there within us to-night? What is this sound of wings? Are our eyes opening as fast as night falls? Formerly, we had the sensual lovers' animal dread of nothingness; but to-day, the simplest and richest proof of our love is that the supreme meaning of death to us is — leaving each other.
And the bond of the flesh — neither are we afraid to think and speak of that, saying that we were so joined together that we knew each other completely, that our bodies have searched each other. This memory, this brand in the flesh, has its profound value; and the preference which reciprocally graces two beings like ourselves is made of all that they have and all that they had.
I stand up in front of Marie — already almost a convert — and I tremble and totter, so much is my heart my master: —
"Truth is more beautiful than dreams, you see."
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934
As quoted in The Subtlety of Emotions (2001) by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, p. 204.
— Kees van Dongen Dutch painter 1877 - 1968
Fonte: Modern Dutch painting: an introduction, Netherlands Information Service, (1960), p. 26
„I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things:—then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love from henceforth!“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
„In etherial terms the whole world is beautiful. In physical terms I have rarely seen more scenic beauty than in California or in Texas. What pains me is to see how the blind power of that most powerful society is turning that beauty into something as sinister as the portrait of Dorian Grey.“
— Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Fourth President and ninth Prime Minister of Pakistan 1928 - 1979
Letter to his daughter (1978)
Contexto: Africa will rid herself of the maniacs. Africa will live to show that "Black is beautiful". Africa is ancient but Asia is ageless. Her nimble and graceful beauty has adorned civilization from the birth of mankind. Latin America has become the castanet of an international culture that links Andalusia to Arabia and the Caribbean. What beauty there is in the tap of her flamenco! Europe is glamorous and adorable, so seductive that she is still beautiful after a number of face lifts. America has been watergated. In that flow of stagnant waters you can behold beauty in its reflection. In etherial terms the whole world is beautiful. In physical terms I have rarely seen more scenic beauty than in California or in Texas. What pains me is to see how the blind power of that most powerful society is turning that beauty into something as sinister as the portrait of Dorian Grey.
— Pierre Teilhard De Chardin French philosopher and Jesuit priest 1881 - 1955
Letter (5 September 1919), in The Making of a Mind: Letters from a Soldier-Priest 1914–1919
„One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.“
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh, livro Gift from the Sea
Variante: One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can only collect a few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky.
Fonte: Gift from the Sea (1955)
— Andrei Tarkovsky, livro Sculpting in Time
Sculpting in Time (1986)
„There can be no more beautiful spot to die in, no spot more worthy of total despair, than one’s own novel.“
— Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka
Fonte: Diaries of Franz Kafka