Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart
– Kahlil Gibran
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
– Helen Keller
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
– Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.
– Crowfoot, A leader of the Blackfoot Nation
Beauty is the harvest of presence.
– David Whyte
Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.
– Jalaluddin Rumi
The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within—strength, courage, dignity.
– Ruby Dee
Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike.
– John Muir
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
– Vincent Van Gogh
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
– Maya Angelou
People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
– Salma Hayek
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
In Such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.
– Phil Ochs
People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Resources on beauty of the heart
How to find Beauty in Life, by Jonathan Mead, published in Think Simple Now offers a thoughtful approach with practical suggestions different ways of feeling, seeing and experiencing beauty in our every day world.
Text and image by K. Lee