Beauty

You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law. – Lyn Beth Neylon

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. – Mary Wollstonecraft

I am beautiful as I am.  I am the shape that was gifted.  My breasts are no longer perky and upright like when I was a teenager.  My hips are wider than that of a fashion model’s.  For this I am glad, for these are the signs of a life lived. – Cindy Olsen, co-owner of The Body Objective

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin

Men define intelligence, men define usefulness, men tell us what is beautiful, men even tell us what is womanly. – Sally Kempton

“I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.” – Mae West

“Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”, here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80%of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!” – Andy Rooney

As you grow in self-esteem, your face, manner, way of talking and moving will tend naturally to project the pleasure you take in being alive. – Nathaniel Branden

“Right. I look fine. Except I don’t,’ said Zora, tugging sadly at her man’s nightshirt. This was why Kiki had dreaded having girls: she knew she wouldn’t be able to protect them from self-disgust. To that end she had tried banning television in the early years, and never had a lipstick or a woman’s magazine crossed the threshold of the Belsey home to Kiki’s knowledge, but these and other precautionary measures had made no difference. It was in the air, or so it seemed to Kiki, this hatred of women and their bodies– it seeped in with every draught in the house; people brought it home on their shoes, they breathed it in off their newspapers. There was no way to control it.”  – Zadie Smith, On Beauty

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. – Dale E. Turner

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. – Maya Angelou

Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a labourer’s hand. – Khalil Gibran

“You don’t love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her” – Unknown

Beauty comes in all sizes, not just size 5.  – Roseanne

Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic. – Rosalind Russell

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. – Diane Mariechild

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