— Gianni Agnelli Italian businessman 1921 - 2003
„Love makes a woman beautiful –
but beauty does not have such power, beauty cannot make a woman worthy of love.“
— Walther von der Vogelweide Middle High German lyric poet 1170 - 1230
Liebe machet schoene wîp:
desn mac diu schoene niht getuon, sin machet niemer lieben lîp.
"Herzeliebez vrowelîn", line 17; translation from Frederick Goldin German and Italian Lyrics of the Middle Ages (New York: Anchor, 1973) p. 121.
„[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"
„Marrying a woman for her beauty makes no more sense than eating a bird for its singing. But it's a common mistake nonetheless.“
— Charles Frazier, kniha Cold Mountain
Zdroj: Cold Mountain
„There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty - unless she is wed to something more meaningful - is always superficial.“
— Донна Тартт, The Secret History
Zdroj: The Secret History
„Nothing,' wrote Tolstoy, 'can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.“
— Gretchen Rubin American writer 1966
Zdroj: The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
„It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow.“
— Helen Keller, kniha The Story of My Life
Zdroj: The Story of My Life (1903), Ch. 6
Kontext: I remember the morning that I first asked the meaning of the word, "love." This was before I knew many words. I had found a few early violets in the garden and brought them to my teacher. She tried to kiss me: but at that time I did not like to have any one kiss me except my mother. Miss Sullivan put her arm gently round me and spelled into my hand, "I love Helen."
"What is love?" I asked.
She drew me closer to her and said, "It is here," pointing to my heart, whose beats I was conscious of for the first time. Her words puzzled me very much because I did not then understand anything unless I touched it.
I smelt the violets in her hand and asked, half in words, half in signs, a question which meant, "Is love the sweetness of flowers?"
"No," said my teacher.
Again I thought. The warm sun was shining on us.
"Is this not love?" I asked, pointing in the direction from which the heat came. "Is this not love?"
It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow. But Miss Sullivan shook her head, and I was greatly puzzled and disappointed. I thought it strange that my teacher could not show me love.
— William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1
Suffolk, Act V, scene iii.
Zdroj: Henry VI, Part 1 (1592)
— Sherry Argov American writer 1977
Zdroj: Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship
— Halle Berry American actress 1966
Rick Yune — reported in Amy Longsdorf (November 17, 2002) "Still flying, still down to earth - Nothing's been the same since Oscar night, except Halle Berry herself", The Record, p. E01.
— Ted Dekker American writer 1962
Zdroj: Blink of an Eye
— Oscar Wilde, kniha Obraz Doriana Graye
Zdroj: The Picture of Dorian Gray
„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, kniha The Beauty Myth
Zdroj: The Beauty Myth (1991), Chapter 5 : 'Sex', p. 172
„Nature gave horns to the bull,
Hoofs gave she to the horse.
To the lion cavernous jaws,
And swiftness to the hare.
The fish taught she to swim,
The bird to cleave the air;
To man she reason gave;
Not yet was woman dowered.
What, then, to woman gave she?
The priceless gift of beauty.
Stronger than any buckler,
Than any spear more piercing.
Who hath the gift of beauty.
Nor fire nor steel shall harm her.“
— Anacreon Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns -570 - -485 př. n. l.
„"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…"“
— George MacDonald, kniha Phantastes
On the Alder Tree
— Paul Éluard French poet 1895 - 1952
Une femme est plus belle que le monde où je vis, Et je ferme les yeux.
Cited: Leon-Gabriel Gros. "A miracol mostrare." Cahiers du Sud. (1953) p. 36.
Citation reported: Sara Sturm-Maddox. Petrarch's laurels. (1992). Penn State Press. p. 68.