Quotes and Inspirational Thoughts about Inner Strength and Beauty
Beauty is but a light in the heart
While editing a hub earlier, I couldn't help but notice a question off to the right, "Beauty is not from the face...beauty is a light in the heart .. agree ???"
And while I completely agree with this statement, it does not end there and remains a part of the human condition that I have been trying to figure out for a long time! While outer physical beauty, however subjective, is too often the deciding factor when first meeting someone, ("send me more pictures please....") I can usually tell relatively soon, what is in a person's heart and what lights their soul -- The true determining factor of beauty without a doubt!
Unfortunately it is not always so simple, unless you are a fortune teller, since people change evolve, grow, and sometimes become different individuals altogether with goals that may seem inconsistent with your own...Does this mean that they are no longer beautiful? Not necessarily, because they may remain, with that same light in their heart but no longer appealing to you.
But what happens when you meet someone and for whatever reason you are blindsided by a more deceitful kind of beauty. Believing their heart is, shall we say - yours to adore, but really they are simply playing a role. A bit part rehearsed to perfection in a play called "the love of my life". They are, at first whatever you want them to be: sharing, caring, supportive and true but eventually the evil twin rears his ugly head and the beauty is now a beast.
I think it is really a shame that we are unable, as a civilized society (for the most part) to focus more on what lies beneath. When children begin school and the social acceptance cycle begins, so ignites the beauty "ideal" and even at that young age, we are already beginning to judge one another based on looks. We can all remember the painful and relentless teasing that occurred when we were young, everyone had their own insecurities even if no one knew what they were. How can we change this so that our children grow up to be more open minded, less judgmental adults? Most likely when parents and role models are able to emphasize the beauty of giving and helping others, children will follow, recognizing that true beauty and strength do indeed come from a light in the heart. Outer beauty is just that, a superficial ideal that will never withstand the test of time.
Favorite Inner Beauty Quotes
~The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.~
- Helen Keller
~ Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~
- Kahill Gibran
~ Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~
- Martin Buxbaum
~Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.~
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite Inner Strength Quotes
~Find a place inside where there's joy,
and the joy will burn out the pain.~
- Joseph Campbell
~The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.~
- Lao Tzu
~You have to grow from the inside out.
None can teach you, none can make you spiritual.
There is no other teacher but your own soul.~
- Swami Vivekananda
~To thine own self be true.~
- William Shakespeare
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