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She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes.
-- Lord Byron, "She Walks in Beauty"

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness.
- John Keats, Endymion

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
-- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice

Things are beautiful if you love them.
– Jean Anouilh

What is beautiful is good and who is good will soon also be beautiful.
– Sappho, Fragments

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
– Mark Twain

If you get simple beauty and naught else,
You get about the best thing God invents.
-- R. Browning, Fra Lippo Lippi

Beauty is all very well at first sight, but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
– George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Beauty is only skin-deep.
– Saki

Ask a toad what is beauty…;he will answer that it is a female with two great round eyes coming out of her little head, a large flat mouth, a yellow belly and a brown back.
– Voltaire


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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