For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone…
~Sam Levenson, In One Era and Out the Other, 1973
May she be granted beauty and yet not
Beauty to make a stranger’s eye distraught,
Or hers before a looking-glass, for such,
Being made beautiful overmuch,
Consider beauty a sufficient end,
Lose natural kindness and maybe
The heart-revealing intimacy
That chooses right, and never find a friend….
~William Butler Yeats, “A Prayer for my Daughter”
“The Beat Generation, that was a vision that we had, John Clellon Holmes and I, and Allen Ginsberg in an even wilder way, in the late forties, of a generation of crazy, illuminated hipsters suddenly rising and roaming America, serious, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere, ragged, beatific, beautiful in an ugly graceful new way.”
~ Jack Kerouac
“Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
~ Carl Sandburg
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”
~ John Burroughs
“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.”
~ Diana Gabaldon