„Beauty is a terrible and awful thing! It is terrible because it has not been fathomed, for God sets us nothing but riddles. Here the boundaries meet and all contradictions exist side by side.“
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881
The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880)
— Libba Bray American teen writer 1964
„I really don't care that much about "Beauties." What I really like are Talkers. To me, good talkers are beautiful because good talk is what I love. The word itself shows why I like Talkers better than Beauties, why I tape more than I film. It's not "talkies." Talkers are doing something. Beauties are being something. Which isn't necessarily bad, it's just that I don't know what it is they're being. It's more fun to be with people who are doing things.“
— Andy Warhol American artist 1928 - 1987
Fonte: 1975, Ch. 4: Beauty
„Yes, I'm beautiful … I am beautiful and famous — and yet the things I like about myself have nothing to do with that, because I don't use wealth and beauty to define myself.“
— Salma Hayek Mexican-American actress and producer 1966
O interview (2003)
Contexto: Yes, I'm beautiful … I am beautiful and famous — and yet the things I like about myself have nothing to do with that, because I don't use wealth and beauty to define myself. People think I'm more beautiful than I am because they see me on magazine covers — but go to nearly any town, and you'd find prettier women. And though I'm well known now, I might not be famous one day —but I'd still be happy. I do have money, but I could be richer. I just don't want to pay the price some are willing to pay to have more money. I live in a small house. I'm not the glamour girl who wears makeup every day. I live a wonderful life, and I lack for nothing. Maybe that does make it easier for me to say, "Be who you are" — but I always tell people they shouldn't be too impressed with wealth and fame. They shouldn't worship it. I am in this machine, but I haven't completely given my soul to it.
— Billy Graham (wrestler) American professional wrestler, american football player, bodybuilder 1943
Billy Graham, Tangled Ropes: Superstar Billy Graham (2006)
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
— David Guterson, livro Snow Falling on Cedars
Fonte: Snow Falling on Cedars
— Stefan Zweig Austrian writer 1881 - 1942
Fonte: The Burning Secret and other stories
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1840s, Past and Present (1843)
„I am one who tells the truth and exposes evil and seeks with Beauty for Beauty to set the world right.“
— W.E.B. Du Bois American sociologist, historian, activist and writer 1868 - 1963
„It’s a thing of beauty, the ability to spin the cloth of reality, and you’re a sucker for it: Isn’t story-telling what being human is all about?“
— Charles Stross, livro Halting State
Fonte: Halting State (2007), Chapter 13, “Jack: In Hell” (p. 96)
— Joanne Harris, livro Five Quarters of the Orange
Fonte: Five Quarters of the Orange
„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.
„She would like to hear that now, even if it was a lie. Because some lies are beautiful. Stories do not tell you that.“
— Anne Ursu American writer 1900
„Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which is a pity because this week the National Association of Beholders wrote to tell me that I've got a face like a rucksack full of dented bells.“
— Charlie Brooker journalist, broadcaster and writer from England 1971
„When you call me close
to tell me
your body is not beautiful
I want to summon
the eyes and hidden mouths
of stone and light and water
to testify against you.“
— Leonard Cohen Canadian poet and singer-songwriter 1934 - 2016
— Yohji Yamamoto Japanese fashion designer 1943
Kiyokazu Washida. The Past, the Feminine, the Vain in Talking to Myself (2002), Ch. 3: Feedom or the Vain.
„Anger and depression and sorrow are beautiful things in a story, but they are like poison to the filmmaker or artist.“
— David Lynch, livro Catching the Big Fish
Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit, p. 8
Catching the Big Fish (2006)
Contexto: When I started meditating, I was filled with anxieties and fears. I felt a sense of depression and anger.
I often took out this anger on my first wife. After I had been meditating for about two weeks, she came to me and said, "What's going on?" I was quiet for a moment. But finally I said, "What do you mean?" And she said, "This anger, where did it go?" And I hadn't even realized that it had lifted.
I call that depression and anger the Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit of Negativity. It's suffocating, and that rubber stinks. But once you start meditating and diving within, the clown suit starts to dissolve. You finally realize how putrid was the stink when it starts to go. Then, when it dissolves, you have freedom.
Anger and depression and sorrow are beautiful things in a story, but they are like poison to the filmmaker or artist. They are like a vise grip on creativity. If you're in that grip, you can hardly get out of bed, much less experience the flow of creativity and ideas. You must have clarity to create. You have to be able to catch ideas.