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ANGELINA JOLIE, Actor & UN Ambassador
I don't see myself as beautiful, because I can see a lot of flaws. People have really odd opinions. They tell me I'm skinny, as if that's supposed to make me happy.
Beauty Quote From 'Rolling Stone', Aug. 1999.

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CONFUCIUS, Philosopher
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Beauty Quote From 'The Confucius Institute', Aug. 2012.

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ALDOUS HUXLEY, Writer
Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
Beauty Quote From 'The Ultimate Book Of Quotations', 2012.

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EMMANUELLE ALT, Editor, Vogue Paris
I’m so against surgery. I can tell you today and I can tell you for sure I will never do anything to my face. Nothing. The age I am? That’s it.
Beauty Quote From 'Stella Magazine', Sept. 08, 2014.

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NATALIE MASSANET, Founder, Net-a-porter
I always thought I looked kind of like Keith Richards, and sometimes I think I look like Michael Jackson.
Beauty Quote From 'Vanity Fair', Sept. 2012.

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MICHAEL JACKSON, Musician
I don't understand why the press is so interested in speculating about my appearance, anyway. What does my face have to do with my music or my dancing?
Beauty Quote From 'Moonwalk', 1998.

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CHRISTY TURLINGTON, Model
I’m not entirely comfortable with myself in underwear.
Beauty Quote From 'Harper's Bazaar', May 2013.

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CARL JUNG, Psychologist
A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.
Beauty Quote From 'The Pittsburgh Post Gazette', Sept. 10 1961.

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AUDREY HEPBURN, Actor
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

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EDMUND BURKE, Politician & Author
Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
Beauty Quote From 'On The Sublime & Beautiful', 1909.

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NANCY ETCOFF, Author & Researcher
When abused children under court protection were studied in California and Massachusetts, it turned out that a disproportionate number of them were unattractive...abused kids had head and face proportions that made them look less infantile and cute.
Beauty Quote From 'New York Times', March 21, 1999.

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NAOMI WOLF, Author
Beauty is a currency system like the gold standard. Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West is is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact.
Beauty Quote From 'The Beauty Myth', 1990.

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CAMILLE PAGLIA, Academic & Author
Younger women have no problem in reconciling beauty with ambitions as a professional woman.
Beauty Quote From 'The Independent', Aug. 25, 2012.

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PLATO, Philosopher
The three wishes of every man: to be healthy, to be rich by honest means, and to be beautiful.
Beauty Quote From 'Facial Plastic & Recon. Surgery', 2009.

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LEO TOLSTOY, Writer
Nothing has such a striking impact on a man's development as his appearance, and not so much his actual appearance as a conviction that it is either attractive or unattractive.
Beauty Quote From 'Childhood, Boyhood, Youth', 1899.

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MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, Writer
Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
Beauty Quote From 'A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman', 1792.

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LAUREN BACALL, Actor
Tall, ungainly…with big feet, flat-chested.
Beauty Quote From 'Time Magazine', Aug. 25, 2014.

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MAYA ANGELOU, Writer
A too-big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil.
Beauty Quote From 'How The Caged Bird Sings', 2002.

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MILAN KUNDERA, Writer
Beauty has long since disappeared. It has slipped beneath the surface of the noise, the noise of words, sunk deep as Atlantis. The only thing left of it is the word, whose meaning loses clarity from year to year.
Beauty Quote From 'Survival Of The Prettiest', 1999.

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CHARLES DARWIN, Naturalist
If everyone were cast in the same mould, there would be no such thing as beauty.
Beauty Quote From 'Little Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations', 1994.

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ANNA WINTOUR, Editor, American Vogue
The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.
Beauty Quote From 'Women's Wear Daily', Jan. 18, 2008.

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KATE MOSS, Model
I'm not traditionally a beauty, but apparently people think I'm alright.
Beauty Quote From 'Women's Wear Daily', Nov. 13, 2009.

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KATE MOSS, Model
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
Beauty Quote From 'Women's Wear Daily', Nov. 13, 2009.

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SUSAN SONTAG, Writer
There are more and more taboos about calling something, anything, ugly.
Beauty Quote From 'At The Same Time: Essays & Speeches', 2007.

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MUHAMMAD ALI, Boxer
I'm pretty as a girl.
Beauty Quote From 1964 Press Conference For Fight Against Sonny Liston.

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JANE FONDA, Actor
I was raised in the '50s. I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered.
Beauty Quote From 'Harper's Bazaar', Aug. 2011.

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KATY PERRY, Singer
I'm really critical of my posture...And I try to suck my belly in. Everyone should do that whether you're on a red carpet or not. Even if you're going out to dinner with your boyfriend you should try and suck it in.
Beauty Quote From Critics Choice Awards, 2009.

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RIHANNA, Singer
I realized that I actually like my body, even if it’s not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy. For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up.
Beauty Quote From 'Vogue', March, 2011.

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JOHN KEATS, Poet
Beauty is truth, truth beauty — that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
Beauty Quote From 'Ode On A Grecian Urn', 1819.

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ROBERT REDFORD, Actor
So what if my face is falling apart? I don't give a damn. Anyway, it gives me character. Everyone thinks that they can stay pretty forever but some come out of Beverly Hills surgeries looking scary to me.
Beauty Quote From 'US Magazine', Jan. 2002.

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BETHANN HARDISON, Founder, Diversity Coalition
That decision to use basically all white models reveals a trait that is unbecoming to modern society. It can no longer be accepted.
Beauty Quote From Hardison's Open Letter to the CDFA, Oct. 2013.

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FACES OF BEAUTY: Estée Lauder supermodels (from left), Joan Smalls, Constance Jablonski and Liu Wen present a multi-ethnic aesthetic for the brand's 2013 campaign.

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LIU WEN, Model
People in my hometown seldom called me piao liang, [beautiful] because my smaller eyes were a far cry from the wide irises of the most beloved television actresses.
Beauty Quote From 'Vogue', Sept. 2014.

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LIV TYLER, Actor
There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that’s beautiful to me.
Beauty Quote From 'Glamour', Aug. 2014.

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JAMES CAAN, Actor
Some guys say beauty is only skin deep. But when you walk into a party, you don’t see somebody’s brain.
Beauty Quote From 'Esquire', Sept. 2003

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FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Writer
Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Beauty Quote From 'The Brothers Karamazov', 1880.

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KATHY PHILLIPS, Founder, This Works Skincare
What they [the Chinese] like is big eyes, small face, pale skin towards white and like a doll.
Beauty Quote From 'The Daily Telegraph', May 03, 2011.

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DR. JAMUNA PAI, Dermatologist
When an Indian man looks for a bride, he wants one who is tall, fair and slim, and fairer people always get jobs first.
Beauty Quote From 'Time', Sept. 19, 2013.

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NANDITA DAS, Actor
Indians are very racist. It's deeply ingrained. But there is so much pressure by peer groups, magazines, billboards and TV adverts that perpetuate this idea that fair is the ideal.
Beauty Quote From 'The Guardian', Aug. 14. 2013

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Playwright
If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Your son-in-law is far more fair than black.
Beauty Quote From 'Othello', 1604.

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JOSEPHINE BAKER, Dancer
I spent 30 minutes each morning rubbing my body with half a lemon to lighten my skin.
Beauty Quote From 'The Hungry Heart', 1993.

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MICHELLE PFEIFFER, Actor
I look like a duck. It's the way my mouth curls up, or my nose tilts up. I should have played Howard the Duck.
Beauty Quote From 'People', 1990.

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JULIA ROBERTS, Actor
I tried Botox one time and was permanently surprised for a couple of months. It was not a cute look for me. My feeling is, I have three children who should know what emotion I'm feeling at the exact moment I'm feeling it.
Beauty Quote From 'Vogue', Mar. 2012.

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