Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.
~D. H. Lawrence
Living beings are wondrous, are they not? For every moment we've ever berated our thighs for not looking perfect, have we ever thanked them enough for just carrying us through our days? Thank you to the artists who created these raw portrayals. I have included links to the original source along with the artist's name, when possible, if you'd like to learn more about their work.
A picture is a poem without words. ~Horace
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ~Thomas Merton
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharp
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We don't stop at our skin. ~Dolores Krieger
Flesh goes on pleasuring us, and humiliating us, right to the end. ~Mignon McLaughlin
Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together. ~Charles Caleb Colton
It is not beauty that endears, it's love that makes us see beauty. ~Tolstoy
Making a decision to have a child--it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone
Beauty pleases the eyes only; Sweetness of disposition charms the soul. ~Voltaire
From Burning Man
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. ~Gertrude Stein