— Hans Christian Andersen Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet 1805 - 1875
— Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith
„To tell a woman who is forty, "You look like sixteen," is boloney. The blarney way of saying it is "Tell me how old you are, I should like to know at what age women are the most beautiful.“
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
„Nudity in a picture is such a delicate thing, and it is so rarely right. But it can be right if it's done by people with beautiful vision and if it becomes part of the melody of the situation. The body, after all, is a beautiful and secret thing.“
— Nastassja Kinski German actress 1961
As quoted in Denise Worrell (1989), Icons: Intimate Portraits.
— William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
Context: Why do I write today? The beauty of the terrible faces of our nonentities stirs me to it: colored women day workers— old and experienced— returning home at dusk, in cast off clothing faces like old Florentine oak. "Apology"
— Richard Russo American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter 1949
„A sensitive personality is like a great organ. Press the keys of discord and harshness comes forth. Play the keys of beauty and melody delight are given.“
— Natacha Rambova American film personality and fashion designer 1897 - 1966
On personality, p. 118
„Let me tell you the truth. The truth is what is, and what should be is a fantasy. A terrible, terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago.“
— Lenny Bruce comedian and social critic 1925 - 1966
as quoted by Paul Krassner in Lenny Bruce: Swear to tell the truth 1998 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175844/
— Roger Raveel painter 1921 - 2013
version in original Flemish (citaat van Roger Raveel, in het Vlaams): Het verschrikkelijke mooie leven. title of his painting / installation - including birdcage and two living canaries, Raveel made in 1965 (translation: Fons Heijnsbroek)
„By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful. For this appears to me the safest answer to give both to myself and others; and adhering to this, I think that I shall never fall, but that it is a safe answer both for me and any one else to give — that by means of beauty beautiful things become beautiful.“
— Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -469 - -399 a.C.
„It's like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally, she relents and you say, "I am terribly sorry. I'm tired."“
— Paul Newman American actor and film director 1925 - 2008
Upon winning the 1986 Academy Award for Best Actor, (in The Color of Money), after having being nominated seven times; quoted in Tom O'Neil, "Gold Derby," http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2006/09/an_oscar_finall.html, Los Angeles Times (2006-09-03)