Beauty & Ugliness

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.

Better an ugly face than an ugly mind.

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty.

Once you have started seeing the beauty of life, ugliness starts disappearing. If you start looking at life with joy, sadness starts disappearing. You cannot have heaven and hell together, you can have only one. It is your choice.

Societies can be sunk by the weight of buried ugliness.

The only ugliness is that of the heart, seen through the face. And though beauty be obvious, the only loveliness is invisible.

Ugliness is superior to beauty because it lasts longer.

Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.

Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant.

No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.

Why do we go around acting as though everything was friendship and reliability when basically everything everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?

All that causes one man to differ from another is a very slight thing. What is it that is the origin of beauty or ugliness, health or weakness, ability or stupidity? A slight difference in the organs, a little more or a little less bile. Yet this more or less is of infinite importance to men; and when they think otherwise they are mistaken.

The opposite of love is not hate. It is fear.

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.

Few persons comprehend the power of ugliness.

Any beauty you see in me is only a reflection of Him, any ugliness, a reflection of myself.

Time takes the ugliness and horror out of death and turns it into beauty.

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child’s eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.

Absolute ugliness is admitted as rarely as perfect beauty; but degrees of it more or less distinct are associated with whatever has the nature of death and sin, just as beauty is associated with what has the nature of virtue and of life.

If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.

Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast.

In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.

I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.

Absolute and entire ugliness is rare.

Ugliness is a point of view; an ulcer is wonderful to a pathologist.

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself.

They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

Once you laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people. If you’re good, you can fill up those openings with something positive. Mabye…….. combat some the ugliness in the world.

If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.

The ugliest man was he who came to Troy; with squinting eyes and one distorted foot.

There is a sort of charm in ugliness, if the person has some redeeming qualities and is only ugly enough.

I’m not that obsessed with making representations of ugliness. Everything I’ve seen is beautiful.

We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true.

It is because every one tinder Heaven recognizes beauty as beauty that the idea of ugliness exists.

When the eye fails to find beauty-alias solace-it commands the body to create it, or, failing that, adjusts itself to perceive virtue in ugliness.

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.

Lord Chesterfield designated ugly women as the third sex; how shall we place ugly men.

One man’s justice is another’s injustice; one man’s beauty another’s ugliness; one man’s wisdom another’s folly.

From our ugliness will grow the soul of the world.

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.

What I like about cities is that everything is king-size, the beauty and the ugliness.

In an ugly and unhappy world, the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.

The truly beautiful are often abused for apparent ugliness just as those with great vision often bump into things.

The only sin is ugliness, and if we believed this with all our being, all other activities of the human spirit could be left to take care of themselves.

Yes, that man acted ugly,” she told us in plain English. “But throwing more ugliness back at him ain’t the answer.

No one likes it, apart from blind people, and I’m sure even they can sense its profound ugliness as it passes by.

America is supposed to be given over to ugliness. There are a good many ugly things there and the ugliest are the most pretentious.

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.

“It’s taken me a long time to become the person I am, for all the ugliness to fall away. The rotten flesh is gone, and the seed is there. I can touch that now.” ~ Lynn Johnston