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If love is a sin, then beauty is a crime.
Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.
I thought of beauty as of a constant effort to eliminate corporeality. I wanted him to love my body forgetful of what one knows of bodies. Beauty, I thought anxiously, is this forgetfulness.

The Days of Abandonment
Here is a moment of extravagant beauty: I drink it liquid from the shells of my hands and almost all of it runs sparkling through my fingers: but beauty is like that, it is a fraction of a second, quickness of a flash and then immediately it escapes.

A Breath of Life
Beauty, then, is a fragment of the divine, and the sight of it saddens us by evoking our sense of loss and our yearning for the life denied us.

The Architecture of Happiness
A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give it weight in one's life. There is an urge to say, "I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me".

The Art of Travel
There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity
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