: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance
: BOTTOM [? Still perplexed by this definition?]
Beauty(n.): 14thcentury, Middle English beaute, bealte, borrowed from Anglo-French, from bel, beau “beautiful, good-looking” (going back to Latin bellus) + -te-ty, more at BEAU.
Beau: 1653, borrowed from French, from beau, bel (masculine), belle (feminine) “beautiful, good-looking,” going back to Old French bel, going back to Latin bellus, probably going back (via duellos, assimilated from dunelos) to dwenelos, diminutive of dwe-nos “good” (whence Old Latin duenos, Latin bonus) – more at BOUNTY.
Bounty: 13thcentury, Middle English bounte“goodness,” from Anglo-French bunté, bountee, from Latin bonitat-,bonitas, from bonus “good,” from Old Latin duenos: akin to Sanskrit diva “reverence, favor.”
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
Leo Tolstoy (born Lev Nikolayevich, Graf Tolstoy, 1828-1910, Russian author, master of realistic fiction, one of the world’s greatest novelist, and renown as a moral and religious teacher; his doctrine of nonresistance to evil had an important influence on Gandhi)
“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004, psychiatrist, journalist, wrote the book, “On Death and Dying,” which outlined the five stages that terminally ill patients experience)
“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
Anne Bronte (1820-1849, pseudonym Acton Bell, poet and novelist, sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and “Agnes Grey” and “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”)
“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”
Markus Zusak (born, 1975, Australian writer, best known for international bestsellers, “The Book Thief” and “I am the Messenger”)
“A girl [boy] should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French fashion designer, who ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades, by abandoning petticoats and corsets, and creating classic like the Chanel suite and “the black dress”)
“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, humanitarian, diplomat, activist, political leader, and wife of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served as president from 1933-1945)
“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924, American playwright and author, best known for “The Secret Garden” and “Little Lord Fauntleroy”)