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 30 aesthetic quotes that will help you find beauty in the most unexpected places:

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

OSCAR WILDE (more Oscar Wilde quotes)

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

SOPHIA LOREN (more Sophia Loren quotes)

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

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  

MARGARET WOLFE HUNGERFORD

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

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.  

CONFUCIUS

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

Beauty is sometimes born of pain.

SHERI L. SWIFT

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)

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

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

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

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

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

HELENA CHRISTENSEN

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)

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

IRIS VAN HERPEN

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

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

MARCUS AURELIUS (more Marcus Aurelius quotes)

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

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

RABINDRANATH TAGORE

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

ELISABETH KÜBLER-ROSS

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

EDWARD ABBEY