Aesthetic purposes that don't lead to action are actions of distance.

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Beauty can’t be targeted…it is always a by-product of other, often very ordinary pursuits.

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There's always someone trying to make change happen and to make our world even more beautiful.

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The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.

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The need for solace is so deep, you mistake it for beauty.

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.

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To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers.

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And I think that the magnificence of beauty is that even in landscapes of controlled, corrugated categories, you can be swept off your feet by just beauty.

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Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.

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Beauty starts in your head, not in your mirror.

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And yet, the beautiful persists, and so do eloquence and depth of thought, and they belong to all of us because they are the most pregnant evidence we can have of what is possible in us.

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Public buildings best serve the public by being beautiful.

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Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful.

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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Everything terrible is something that needs our love.

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Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful.

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I would like to say that I am an artist so that I can beautify the world and battle conditioned consciousness with the same tools used to condition it.

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Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.

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My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth’s loveliness.

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Always the beautiful answer / who asks a more beautiful question.

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But beauty is the abundant gift that cannot be summoned. (It pours into our awareness when we are open. Vulnerable. Curious. Present. Still. And it is transformative.) Where laws break or bend us, beauty summons us to our lives. It whispers hope. It affirms our worthiness, the worthiness of being, and shows us how to hallow and how to love.

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There is moral force to aesthetics.

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Finding beauty in a broken world is acknowledging that beauty leads us to our deepest and highest selves. It inspires us. We have an innate desire for grace. It's not that all our definitions of beauty are the same, but when you see a particular heron in the bend in the river, day after day, something in your soul stirs. We remember what it means to be human.

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The influence of a beautiful, helpful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.

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Nothing could be more miraculous than the fact that we have a consciousness that makes the world intelligible to us and are moved by what is beautiful.

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Beauty is a miracle of things going together imperfectly.

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Without any of the usual calculation, we can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us.

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There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

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I saw that art is not peripheral, beauty is not optional, but a strategy for survival.

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When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty........ but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

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Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul. You are always lured away by foolish distractions. Seek solitude, If your life is well ordered your health will not suffer.

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Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once, beautiful and brave.

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A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.

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We have to find a way to make beauty necessary and a necessity out of beauty.

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At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it.

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I document landscapes that, whether you think of them as beautiful or monstrous, or as some strange combination of the two, are clearly not vistas of an inexhaustible, sustainable world.

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Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

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Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe.

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Space and light and order. Those are the things that people need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.

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To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply. And art is a by-product of an act of total attention.

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Beauty will save the world.

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