Mid-day Meditation on Beauty

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“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

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“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
Louisa May Alcott

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“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”
Albert Einstein

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“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
Edgar Allan Poe

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“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
Marc Riboud

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“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”
Albert Einstein

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“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
Maya Angelou

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“The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”
Kahlil Gibran

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“the voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls”
Friedrich Nietzsche

All quotes courtesy of Good Reads.

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