"To behold beauty dignifies your life;
it heals you and calls you out
beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation
to experience new horizons.
To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged."
"There is a light in beauty
which no frontier can limit or contain;
it has a distinctive dignity.
beauty shines with a light
from beyond itself."
"The earth is full of thresholds where
beauty awaits the wonder of our gaze."
"In Greek the word for 'the beautiful' is to kalon. It is related to the world kalein which includes the notion of 'call'. When we experience beauty, we feel called. The Beautiful stirs passion and urgency in us and calls us forth from aloneness into the warmth and wonder of an eternal embrace. It unites us again with the neglected and forgotten grandeur of life."
All the quotations in this post by John O'Donohue are from his book Beauty: The Invisible Embrace.