It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.
When I was running about this town a very poor fellow, I was a great arguer for the advantages of poverty; but I was, at the same time, very sorry to be poor. Sir, all the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil, shew it to be a great evil. You never find people labouring to convince you that you may live very happily upon a plentiful fortune. -- So you hear people talking how miserable a King must be; and yet they all wish to be in his place.
Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money. Gerald Brenan