Beauty Is the Light of the Heart

Beauty Is the Light of the Heart takes a refreshing turn away from what mass media has brainwashed us into believing what  beauty really is and means. The idiom, that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is a premise I acknowledge as a baseline. So my selections here are subjective for sure.
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Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart
– Kahlil Gibran

Beauty Is in the Light of the Heart. Image of child looking out to sea.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.
– Rumi

The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
– Basho

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