When we refer to aesthetics, we usually think about something that’s really appealing to the eye. But the term is also used in music, literature and even gastronomy. Basically, it can describe anything able to awaken our deepest admiration.

If we want to really enjoy life and everything that surrounds us, we need to learn to experience beauty with all our senses. Because beauty goes beyond what our eyes can see – it can be smelled, listened to, tasted or felt. It is more like an uplifting feeling that leaves us speechless and breathless for a while. To prove this, we’ve gathered a list of the most famous aesthetic quotes out there.

Whatever fascinates you brings up instant joy and people who are able to find beauty in the most insignificant things are happier. So why limit your sense of appreciation to something generally accepted as aesthetic?

Forget about all that! Look around you and search for beauty with all your senses. You’ll be amazed at just how much you’ve been missing. Here are 100 aesthetic quotes that will help you find beauty in the most unexpected places:

Deep aesthetic quotes

Many people associate art with aesthetic. And that’s true, to an extent. In fact, aesthetic quotes can also serve the purpose of helping you see and understand the value of inner beauty. You need to appreciate the magnitude of the beauty that nature has surrounded you with.

We have brought you some of the best deep aesthetic quotes. These can also act as wonderful reminders for your loved ones of how truly and deeply you care about them and their well-being.

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.

– SOPHIA LOREN (more Sophia Loren quotes)

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

– ELISABETH KÜBLER-ROSS

I could not help admiring the setting: these mingled touches betrayed on a small scale the inspiration of a poet, the research of a scientist, the good taste of an artist, the gourmet’s fondness for good food, and the love of flowers, which concealed in their delicate shadows a hint of the love of women.

– AUGUST STRINDBERG

Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naiveté rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.

– FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

Nothing’s perfect, the world’s not perfect. But it’s there for us, trying the best it can; that’s what makes it so damn beautiful.

– HIROMU ARAKAWA

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

– EDGAR ALLAN POE (more Edgar Allan Poe quotes)

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

–  HELEN KELLER (more Helen Keller quotes)

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

– AUDREY HEPBURN (more Audrey Hepburn quotes)

Beauty is strangely various. There is the beauty of light and joy and strength exulting; but there is also the beauty of shade, of sorrow and sadness, and of humility oppressed. 

– ARNOLD BENNETT

We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates. 

– JUN’ICHIRŌ TANIZAKI

I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature’s performance.

– IRIS VAN HERPEN

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 a light from within.

– ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.

– ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD

Aesthetics have substantial political consequences. How one views oneself as beautiful or not beautiful or desirable or not desirable has deep consequences in terms of one’s feelings of self-worth and one’s capacity to be a political agent.

– CORNEL WEST

I think that’s what art is: art is communication made in the hope that interesting miscommunications will arise.

– MISHA GLOUBERMAN

Aesthetics is both politics and philosophy, a series of agreements and disagreements between subjective minds.

– JIMENEZ LAI

I hate that aesthetic game of the eye and the mind, played by these connoisseurs, these mandarins who “appreciate” beauty. What is beauty, anyway? There’s no such thing. I never “appreciate,” any more than I “like.” I love, or I hate.

– PABLO PICASSO

To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.

– ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

In my box of sound bites there are no jackhammers, no snowmobiles, no Jet Skis, no children wailing. Music but no Muzak. It’s my box. Put what you want in yours.

–  JOAN OLIVER GOLDSMITH

With the plundered people transferring their energies into relaxed and receptive thoughts, degradation and lust for power produced art.

― PETER WEISS

What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

― SUSAN SONTAG

Aesthetic detachment will not stop the suffering of desire nor will the agonies of the boudoir cure the desire of suffering.

― DAVID HOSFORD

The machine aesthetic bought something familiar to modern experience, but remote from architecture, to bear on modern architecture.

― ROBIN EVANS

Refinement creates beauty everywhere: it is the grossness of the spectator that discovers nothing but grossness in the object.

― WILLIAM HAZLITT

I have been using art as a means to the emotions of life and reading into it the ideas of life.

― CLIVE BELL

Short aesthetic quotes

Let’s be honest here: when was the last time when you stopped paused to look around and appreciate your own beauty? Or if not that, how about looking at and appreciating the beauty of Mother Nature. Like most people, you can get caught in the rat race of the world. There will be so many chances to run and get busy with.

But, now and then, you can take some time off and take notice all the beauty around. While you are at it, read these short and sweet quotes to gain special insight into the beauty within and around you.

Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. 

– RABINDRANATH TAGORE

Beauty is the illumination of your soul.

– JOHN O’DONOHUE

Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.

– GEORGE W. RUSSELL

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

– MARGARET WOLFE HUNGERFORD

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

– CONFUCIUS

Beauty is sometimes born of pain.

– SHERI L. SWIFT

Rules of taste enforce structures of power.

– SUSAN SONTAG

He had never believed that spirituality had to be anemic or aesthetic.

― IRVING STONE

Aestheticism is the garbage of intuitive feeling.

― KAZIMIR SEVERINOVICH MALEVICH

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

― OSCAR WILDE (more Oscar Wilde quotes)

In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity.

– BARUCH DE SPINOZA

I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.

– MIUCCIA PRADA

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

– E. O. WILSON

Desire for beauty will endure and undermine the desire for truth.

– RICHARD O. PRUM

My aesthetic is pretty classic. I like to keep things simple but appreciate the details.

– JESSICA JUNG

Aesthetic freedom is like free speech; it is, indeed, a form of free speech.

– GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY

For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

– STEVE JOBS

The big secret about Art is that no one wants it to be true.

– ADAM PHILLIPS

Show me what a people admire, and I will tell you everything about them that matters.

– JACK MCDEVITT

Styles may change, details may come and go, but the broad demands of aesthetic judgment are permanent.

– ROGER SCRUTON

I’m attracted to the rag & bone aesthetic – classic and effortless with an edge.

– HALEY BENNETT

A rich poet from Harvard has no sense in his mind, except the aesthetic.

– BEATRICE WOOD

All aesthetic judgment is really cultural evaluation.

– SUSAN SONTAG

There is a sort of aesthetic poverty about conservatism.

― ALAN HOLLINGHURST

An artist’s concern is to capture beauty wherever he finds it.

— KAZUO ISHIGURO

Inspirational aesthetic quotes

There is so much power to be found when we accept ourselves the way we are. We have an important role to play in this huge universe. The best way to do so is to express our gratitude.

These inspiring aesthetic quotes remind us that there is more to beauty than meets the eye. It’s a combination of many factors that may inspire you to seek it in different places.

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved science and art tend to coalesce in aesthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.

  – ALBERT EINSTEIN

What is especially striking and remarkable is that in fundamental physics a beautiful or elegant theory is more likely to be right than a theory that is inelegant.

–  MURRAY GELL-MANN

It’s better to have a hunger and appreciation for beauty than to be merely beautiful. In the end, life is richer that way. She may learn that.

– SUSAN VREELAND

The more people explore the world, the more they realize in every country there’s a different aesthetic.

– HELENA CHRISTENSEN

The obsession with performance left no room for the development of the intuitive or spiritual impact of space and form other than the aesthetic of the machine itself.

– ARTHUR ERICKSON

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

– TONI MORRISON

The darkening of the world makes the irrationality of art rational: radically darkened art.

― THEODOR W. ADORNO

They walked on rather aimlessly. He hoped she wouldn’t notice he was touched, because he wouldn’t have known how to explain why. Here lay the great discrepancy between aesthetic truth and sleazy reality.

― PATRICK WHITE

The aesthetic can have its revenge upon ideology by revealing a power to complicate that is also a power to undermine.

― MURRAY KRIEGER

It’s my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel’s aesthetic facade.

– MANUEL PUIG

If you get it out into the urban field it’s going to be used or misused but it’ll also probably provide a way of people acknowledging what the aesthetic is about because people have to confront it every day.

– RICHARD SERRA

The flower is strong in its beauty as it can be forgotten, set aside, or destroyed. The ambitious do not know beauty. The feeling of essence is beauty.

― JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI

The local is the only universal, upon that all art is built.

― JOHN DEWEY

To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one’s own moral aesthetic preferences.

– OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.

What is good is also divine. Queer as it sounds, that sums up my ethics. Only something supernatural can express the Supernatural.

― LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

Writing is a series of verbal suggestions designed to provoke a psychological reaction and an aesthetic experience.

― STEWART STAFFORD

Aesthetic criticism returns us to the autonomy of imaginative literature and the sovereignty of the solitary soul, the reader not as a person in society but as the deep self, our ultimate inwardness.

― HAROLD BLOOM

We all appreciated a certain aesthetic, and with that appreciation came a certain stylized presence.

– AMBER HEARD

Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

– LEONARD BERNSTEIN

It’s odd that there is a high level of appreciation of nature. There is the aesthetic side that really loves nature and beauty.

– JERRY GARCIA

Poverty and loneliness could be seen as a liberation from strivings to become rich and popular.

― DONALD RICHIE

I think it’s more accurate to think of aesthetics as a key ingredient in a recipe, as opposed to the icing on the cake.

― STEPHEN P. ANDERSON

An intellectual is going to have doubts, for example, about a fundamentalist religious doctrine that admits no doubt, about an imposed political system that allows no doubt, about a perfect aesthetic that has no room for doubt.

– ANTONIO TABUCCHI

I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion. That, I conceive, is the function of the critic.

– CLIVE BELL

I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism my experimental technique.

– EDMUND WHITE

Aesthetic quotes about life

No matter how difficult your life is, you can find a healthy source of inspiration. Our aesthetic quotes about life not only help you appreciate the inner beauty of people but also motivate you during tough times. They are a witty way to convey the beauty of life and its meaning.

In the life of the individual, an aesthetic sensibility is both more authentic and more commendable than a political or religious one.

― TOM ROBBINS

It’s hard to combine a simple life with a love of aesthetics.

― MARTY RUBIN

To so enter into it in nature and art that the enjoyed meanings of life may become a part of living is the attitude of aesthetic appreciation.

– GEORGE HERBERT MEAD

In the world there exists no aesthetic plane, not even the aesthetic plane of goodness.

– CLARICE LISPECTOR

High standards generally — about workmanship and creation of objects, about what is owed in friendship, about the quality of art and much else — far from being snobbish, are required to maintain decency in life.

― JOSEPH EPSTEIN

Design is a way of life, a point of view. It involves the whole complex of visual communications: talent, creative ability, manual skill, and technical knowledge. Aesthetics and economics, technology and psychology are intrinsically related to the process.

– PAUL RAND

Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment, but that’s not reality, it’s just another aesthetic form of fiction.

– STEVEN SODERBERGH

The fact that the colors in the flower have evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; that means insects can see the colors. That adds a question: does this aesthetic sense we have also exist in lower forms of life?

–  RICHARD P. FEYNMAN

If the universal is the essential, then it is the basis of all life and art. Recognizing and uniting with the universal therefore gives us the greatest aesthetic satisfaction, the greatest emotion of beauty.

– PIET MONDRIAN

If you are living a life that feels right to you, if you’re willing to take creative chances or a creative path that feels like it’s mostly in keeping with your sensibilities, you know, aesthetic and artistic, then that’s what matters.

– TRACY CHAPMAN

I do not create a fashionable aesthetic… I create a style based on life.

– ISSEY MIYAKE

One does afford oneself the luxury to come into the studio and all day, every day, spend one’s life making aesthetic propositions. What an immense luxury.

– ANISH KAPOOR

I wanted to get to that aesthetic proposition that comes out of learning the human elements of a world, so that those notes and rhythms mean something to you besides just the academic way in which they fall in place.

–  STANLEY CROUCH

Aesthetic matters are fundamental for the harmonious development of both society and the individual.

– FRIEDRICH SCHILLER

It is just as important to set apart time for the development of our aesthetic faculties as for cultivating the money-getting instinct. A man cannot live by bread alone. His higher life demands an impalpable food.

– ORISON SWETT MARDEN

A Tagore surname signifies an association with aesthetics and all the best things of life. It’s enriching both personally and professionally.

– SHARMILA TAGORE

What comes from sorrow, watered by tears, grows something of beauty. A salt garden. And so this I leave behind. A harvest for those who find their way into my life and I into theirs.

― CINDY MCCORMICK MARTINUSEN

But those who seek only reassurance from life will never be more than tourists —seeing everything and trying to possess what can only be felt. Beauty is the shadow of imperfection.

– SIMON VAN BOOY

But those who seek only reassurance from life will never be more than tourists — seeing everything and trying to possess what can only be felt. Beauty is the shadow of imperfection.  

– SIMON VAN BOOY

Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.  

– KAHLIL GIBRAN (more Kahlil Gibran quotes)

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

– LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.  

– ASHLEY SMITH

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.  

– MANDY HALE

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

– MARCUS AURELIUS (more Marcus Aurelius quotes)

There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep.

– EDWARD ABBEY