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Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song,
and all about you will be beauty. There is
a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.

Navajo song

We all long for things of beauty--beauty of nature, of appearance, of life, a beautiful family and so on.  But these cannot be gained if we are withdrawn and isolated, just looking at ourselves.  We must create better relationships with other people and interact with our community and society with an open heart.  We must be kind to nature.  It is only through this process that we really grow and cultivate our own beauty.

Daisaku Ikeda
Buddhism Day by Day
All truths, not merely ideas, but truthful faces, truthful pictures, or songs, are highly beautiful.

Mohandas Gandhi
The useful may be trusted to further itself, for many produce it and no one can do without it; but the beautiful must be specially encouraged, for few can present it, while yet all have need of it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.  The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world.  I hardly know which feeling leads, wonderment or admiration.

John Burroughs


The thing which we speak of as beauty does not have to be
sought in distant lands. . . . It is here about us
or it is nowhere.

Allen Tucker


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Too late I loved you, O Beauty
so ancient yet ever new!
Too late I loved you!  And,
behold, you were within me,
and I out of myself, and
there I searched for you.

St Augustine


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt


Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank



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Straight is the line of duty;
Curved is the line of beauty;
Follow the straight line, thou shalt see
The curved line ever follow thee.

William McCall

To seek after beauty as an end, is a wild goose chase,
a will-o'-the-wisp, because it is to misunderstand the
very nature of beauty, which is the normal condition
of a thing as it should be.

Ade Bethune


While I was looking out today there came a flying burst of sun, and the
little corner became a sudden feast of delicate colour; the rich green of
the grass, the foliage of the lime-trees, their brown wrinkled stems, the
pale moss on the walls, the bright points of colour in the emblazonries of
the window, made a sudden delicate harmony of tints.  I had seen the place
a hundred times before without ever guessing what a perfect picture it made.
What a strange power the perception of beauty is!  It seems to ebb
and flow like some secret tide, independent alike of health or disease,
of joy or sorrow.  There are times in our lives when we seem to go singing
on our way, and when the beauty of the world sets itself
like a quiet harmony to the song we uplift.

Arthur Christopher Benson


One of the most important--and most neglected--elements in the
beginnings of the interior life is the ability to respond to reality,
to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things,
to come alive to the splendor that is all around us.

Thomas Merton


A spontaneous act of generosity, performed with unselfish grace
is an example of moral beauty, as are certain acts of courage;
genuine modesty is a possible example, as is selfless love.
Although moral beauty is a natural gift, it is nevertheless
more likely to emerge and flourish in societies
that appreciate and encourage it.

Yi-Fu Tuan


Each thing in the universe is a vessel
full to the brim with wisdom and beauty.




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The human soul needs beauty even more than it needs bread.

D.H. Lawrence

We all share beauty.  It strikes us indiscriminately.  There is no end
to the beauty for the person who is aware.  Even the cracks in
the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty.  If we
take pictures of them and blow up the photographs, we realize
we walk on beauty every day, even when things seem ugly around us.

Matthew Fox


As I hold the flower in my hand and think of trying to describe it,
I realize how poor a creature I am,
how impotent are words in the presence of such perfection.

Celia Thaxter


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The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination;
if false, that it lessens.  There is therefore,
something in true beauty that corresponds with right reason,
and is not the mere creation of fancy.

William Grenville

If either man or woman would realize that the full power of personal beauty,
it must be by cherishing noble thoughts and hopes and purposes;
by having something to do and something to live for that is worthy of humanity,
and which, by expanding and symmetry to the body which contains it.



There's beauty all around our paths,
if but our watchful eyes
can trace it midst familiar things,
and through their lowly guise.

Felicia D. Hemans


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Looking for the essence of beauty is comprehending and
appreciating that quality in an object which is fairer and better
than only what our eyes see or our ears hear, whether that be
a patch of blue in an overcast sky, the fleeting laughter
from a voice we love, or something as unexpected as the
rainbow colors in a spot of oil on the driveway.

Luci Swindoll

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful,
for beauty is God's handwriting--a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it
in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower,
and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


People should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine
picture every day of their lives, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate
the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


God scatters beauty as he scatters flowers
O'er the wide earth, and tells us all are ours.
A hundred lights in every temple burn,
And at each shrine I bend my knee in turn.

Walter Savage Landor



Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.