111 Aesthetic Quotes to Find Beauty In Unexpected Places
Beauty goes beyond what our eyes can see. Here are aesthetic quotes that will help you find beauty in the most unexpected places.
Aesthetic considerations are those regarding beauty, or the appreciation of it. When we refer to aesthetic beauty or pleasure, we may often think of something that appeals to the eye. But in truth, the term is also used in music, literature, gastronomy and beyond. Ultimately, it can describe anything able to awaken our deepest admiration.
Below are 111 aesthetic quotes that will help you find beauty in the most unexpected places.
Deep Aesthetic Quotes
So the term “aesthetic” isn’t limited to art. You can find beauty in something that others don’t. It’s your own perception that makes something beautiful in your eyes.
Here are some of the best deep aesthetic quotes to make you appreciate beauty even more.
“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” – Sophia Loren
“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“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 of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allan Poe
“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
“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 Kübler-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
“Refinement creates beauty everywhere: it is the grossness of the spectator that discovers nothing but grossness in the object.” – William Hazlitt
Short Quotes About Aesthetic Beauty
The key to effective communication is brevity. Below is a selection of aesthetic quotes that are brief, but powerful.
“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
“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 is in the eye of the beholder.” – Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
“Beauty is sometimes born of pain.” – Sheri L. Swift
“Rules of taste enforce structures of power.” – Susan Sontag
“Aestheticism is the garbage of intuitive feeling.” – Kazimir Severinovich Malevich
“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.” – Lady Blessington
“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” – Oscar Wilde
“In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity.” – Baruch Spinoza
“Desire for beauty will endure and undermine the desire for truth.” – Richard O. Prum
“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
“Styles may change, details may come and go, but the broad demands of aesthetic judgment are permanent.” – Roger Scruton
“All aesthetic judgment is really cultural evaluation.” – Susan Sontag
“An artist’s concern is to capture beauty wherever he finds it.” – Kazuo Ishiguro
Inspirational Aesthetic Quotes
Anything that is beautiful can inspire us, but beauty comes in all shapes and forms. There’s beauty in the darkness of a night, in the light of a day, and in the madness of a person — as weird as that may sound.
The following inspirational quotes will remind you that beauty is more than meets the eye.
“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
“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 aesthetic can have its revenge upon ideology by revealing a power to complicate that is also a power to undermine.” – Murray Krieger
“Any great art work… revives and re-adapts 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
“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
“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
Quotes About Life and Inspiration
No matter what you’re going through, you can always find something beautiful and inspiring to distract you. Art and beauty can be appreciated in strange and horrible and, yes, beautiful ways.
In that vein, we’ve gathered quotes about life that can help you leave your insecurities at the door, and indulge in your true artistic instincts.