Ah, Beauty — what a wonderful quality for anything to possess. Without it, life would indeed be dull. Interestingly an enormous number of things have the potential of being beautiful. A sunset, a flower, a cloud formation in the sky, the ocean surf a new sports car, a new pair of shoes or dress, and of course a face.
Beauty’s Power and Its Effects on Us
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference – Aristotle
Beauty is power; a smile is its sword – Charles Reade
Beauty is only skin deep, but it’s a valuable asset if you’re poor or haven’t any sense. – Kin Hubbard
Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder – Immermann
Ref: Hatfield, Elaine “The Importance of Beauty in everyday Life” (See Links and Resources – Books)
Throughout the ages, from Queen Nefertiti and Helen of Troy, to Boticelli’s Venus, to Greta Garbo, and Marlene Deitrich, to Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Pfeiffer, beauty has always and continues to both awe and mystify humans.
But what is beauty? Much has been written about what it is, and what it is not.
It seems to be this vapor that we can neither grasp nor understand.
Beauty — What is it? A perfume without a name. — Arthur D, Ficke
Beauty is not caused, it is. — Emily Dickenson
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. — Al Bernstein
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. — Kahlil Gibran
Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away — George B. Mere
Beauty – Too fair to worship, too divine to love. — Milman
Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain. — Robert Nathan
It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so. — Frank O’Hara
Facial beauty – As important as it is. we still don’t know what it is:
Beauty, oh beauty! – what is it? This is a question that has come down to us through the ages – essentially unanswered.
It seems that most people have had their opinion as to what beauty is. Some of the more prolific writers have left us with their thoughts:
In addition to acknowledging its mystique and power, beauty has been variously described:
Exuberance is beauty. –William Blake
What ever beauty may be. It has for Its basis order and for It’s essence unity. –Father Andre
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the infinite. –George Bancroft
The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. There is therefore. something In true beauty that corresponds with right reason, and Is not not mere creation of fancy. –Lord Greville
The Ideal has many names, and beauty Is but one of them. –W. Somerset Maugham
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. –Felix Mendelssohn
Beauty Is whatever gives you joy. –Hugh Nibley
Beauty Is the promise of happiness. –Henri B. Stendhal
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind. –Edmund Spenser
Some have tried to understand it so it could be recreated, while others have thought that beauty could never be understood.
Still others felt that if we did understand beauty, we would tragically destroy its mystique and magic.
Do we know what it Is? – unfortunately not – we have not really understood what facial beauty is to this point. From a Scientific point of view, however, we do know some things about it. (See “Beauty’s History -‘What we know“)