Aesthetic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old aesthetic quotes, aesthetic sayings, and aesthetic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The aesthetic can have its revenge upon ideology by revealing a power to complicate that is also a power to undermine. Murray Krieger
Fascism is fundamentally and at bottom an aesthetic conception, and it is your function as creators of beautiful things to portray with the greatest efficacy the sublime beauty and inevitable reality of the Fascist ideal. Louis de Bernières
Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion. Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art. Remy de Gourmont
Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. Sophia Loren
The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it. Paul Klee
Appreciate the aesthetic and creativity of the nature and be grateful for being part of it. M.F. Moonzajer
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. E. O. Wilson
In the world there exists no aesthetic plane, not even the aesthetic plane of goodness. Clarice Lispector
Aesthetic freedom is like free speech; it is, indeed, a form of free speech. George Edward Woodberry
Only men are capable of aesthetic greatness. Brian Sewell
My particular aesthetic of light and color and design wouldn't change as a result of working with computer graphics rather than with slit scan or miniatures. Douglas Trumbull
Paper is a uniquely beautiful format, more so than the web, I think: you need to invest in the aesthetics. Dave Eggers
Art is the aesthetic ordering of experience to express meanings in symbolic terms. Daniel Bell
In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity. Baruch Spinoza
Aesthetic matters are fundamental for the harmonious development of both society and the individual. Friedrich Schiller
Just because something causes you to have a feeling of aesthetic beauty does not make it a work of art. Fred Ross
It's odd that there is a high level of appreciation of nature. There is the aesthetic side that really loves nature and beauty. Jerry Garcia
Aesthetic pleasure is not to be taken lightly; it's very important for the spirit and therefore the health. Robert Bateman
Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers. What we call art is a game. Octavio Paz
All efforts to make politics aesthetic culminate in one thing, war. Walter Benjamin
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. Oscar Wilde
Aesthetic criticism returns us to the autonomy of imaginative literature and the sovereignty of the solitary soul, the reader not as a person in society but as the deep self, our ultimate inwardness. Harold Bloom
I had always wanted to expand to beauty, but I knew I wanted to be able to translate my design aesthetic in an authentic way. Charlotte Ronson
The aesthetic experience has to be given. And beauty is a regular experience of every person every person who is not clinically depressed! Peter Schjeldahl
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Alfred North Whitehead
There is none more beautiful than the lover of beauty. Raheel Farooq
Aesthetics is for the artist like ornithology is for the birds. Barnett Newman
We all appreciated a certain aesthetic, and with that appreciation came a certain stylized presence. Amber Heard
The aesthetic principle is the same in every art, only the material differs. Robert Schumann
The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval. Franz Grillparzer
All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul. John Ruskin
Beauty is a combination of qualities. I don't think one can deny that certain people or things feel aesthetically pleasing. But without an equally pleasing being behind that form, there is no beauty there. Teri Hatcher
Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated. Paul Rand
We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates. Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Aesthetic judgments, rather than abstract reasoning, guide and shape the process by which we all come to know what we know. Daniel Tammet
All I can say about the work I try to do, is that the aesthetic is in reality itself. Helen Levitt
Beauty is the main positive form of the aesthetic assimilation of reality, in which aesthetic ideal finds it direct expression. Karl Marx
I believe that one of the most powerful things of all is aesthetics. Kalle Lasn
The more people explore the world, the more they realize in every country there's a different aesthetic. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Helena Christensen
In the life of the individual, an aesthetic sensibility is both more authentic and more commendable than a political or religious one. Tom Robbins
There is an aesthetic excitement about painting which is one of the most beautiful experiences that can be. Put things down while you feel that joy. Charles Webster Hawthorne
The aesthetic serviceability of objects of beauty is not greatly nor universally heightened by possession. Thorstein Veblen
There is a sort of aesthetic poverty about conservatism. Alan Hollinghurst
The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value. Thom Mayne
As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained. Arthur Cayley
The darkening of the world makes the irrationality of art rational: radically darkened art. Theodor W. Adorno
Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Elizabeth W. Bruss
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Melissa S. Ragain
The aesthetic can have its revenge upon ideology by revealing a power to complicate that is also a power to undermine. Michael L. Clark
The priority of aesthetic value and the privileged status of the literary text had been firmly established among theories. Michael L. Clark
I traveled with the aesthetic as its fortunes were rising in the criticism around me, so that it long seemed to me that my career and the fortunes of the aesthetic went hand in hand. Michael L. Clark
The companionship of the aesthetic brought with it the need to defend the literary as a mode of discourse whose workings persuade us to distinguish it from other modes. Michael L. Clark
The aesthetic component of those instruments enhanced their function but was never central, never an independent, nonutilitarian thing. Stanislaw Lem
Aesthetics is the study of ideal form or beauty; it is the philosophy of art. Will Durant
Aesthetic detachment will not stop the suffering of desire nor will the agonies of the boudoir cure the desire of suffering. David Hosford
A candle in the void, a bubble shining like a bead of quicksilver in the stagnant pool of existence, enchantment condensing inside its walls, the creation of antiworld with no utility but our aesthetic. David Hosford
The historical division between the beautiful and the sublime indicates that an aesthetic experience is not necessarily linked to beauty, but can also be induced by the unpleasant, unbalanced, distorted, or even hideous. Kristine H. Harper
Aesthetic decay leaves traces and stories on the surface of the object. Kristine H. Harper
Aesthetics make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change. Frank Harris
It is through its very incompleteness that art becomes complete in beauty, and so addresses itself, not to the faculty of recognition nor to the faculty of reason, but to the aesthetic sense alone. Frank Harris
Aesthetics, in fact, are to Ethics in the sphere of conscious civilisation, what in the sphere of the external world. Frank Harris
The aesthetics aren't merely a side note, they're as important as anything else. Sylvain Neuvel
The aesthetic view of the world is extremely hospitable to many of the uncivilized ideas and dissociated yearnings. Susan Sontag
But perhaps those same people will find it distasteful to see an aesthetic problem taken so seriously Friedrich Nietzsche
In the psychology of aesthetics, there is a name for the moment between the anxiety of confronting something new and the satisfying click of understanding it. It is called an aesthetic aha. Carmine Gallo
Aesthetic sense is the twin of one's instinct for self-preservation and is more reliable than ethics. Dana Amir
One interesting thing is the idea that people have of a kind of science of Aesthetics. Ludwig Wittgenstein
It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. Stephenie Meyer
It's not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful. Stephenie Meyer
You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. Amy Bloom
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. Leo Tolstoy
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Albert Einstein
Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about. Marilyn Monroe
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Mother Teresa
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius
There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion. Edgar Allan Poe