Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.
—Maggie Nelson, Bluets
I embrace my solitude as a beautiful gift; I will become beautiful through it!
—Susan Sontag, from Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963
"What’s imperfect is beautiful. What’s imperfect is alive."
— Kio Stark, Follow Me Down
"I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts."
"As I walked I looked at the dark basalt hills, and at the cactus and shrubs and trees; all of them were in harmony with one another, and I felt within that beauty. In an instant I saw that even man-made things—the roll of old fence wire, the old rail ties withered by sixty years of the heat and sun—were in the light of that beauty. In that beauty we all will sink slowly back into the lap of the earth."
— Leslie Marmon Silko, The Turquoise Ledge
"I was not afraid of horror, I was afraid of beauty, of what it could do to me if I let it."
"People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves."