Inner Beauty: How to Create a More Beautiful You and Beauty Quotes

Beauty from Within
Beauty from Within

Copyright @ Angeline Oppenheimer

Big bosom, full pouty lips, thick and long eye-lashes, kohl-defined eyes, clear skin and a lean frame--fill in the blanks--there are more--mile-long legs, chiseled arms--but I think I'll stop here. The beauty industry thrives on it and cosmetic surgery is on the rise. There are Botox parties, diet meal parties and spa trips with girlfriends to attain this form of beauty. It's alluring; it boosts your self-image and makes you more desirable. That's it--it's all a quest of making oneself more attractive and desirable. Is it crime? Certainly not. Is it superficial--this pursuit of outward beauty? Depends on who you talk to. The world has a beauty paradigm--not all will agree with it, but it does tout certain qualities that may seem unattainable for those who are less endowed, whether in terms of facial features, body image or size.

So what do you do, if you're the less-perceived beauty of the world? Your nose is too big, your mouth too small, your skin speckled with zits, your arms too flabby, your rear end too droopy? I say, fight back. Forget all the hype and emphasis on outward beauty. Instead, nurture the inner beauty that glows from inside out. You don't need cash, or the particular expert or the exorbitant range of cosmetics--you are your own expert and when you manage to tap into this inner strength, you're irresistible. Take it from sages of old and some not so old. Here's some advice.


True Beauty

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~Kahlil Gibran

She may have the face of an angel, the figure of Miss America but if what comes out of her mouth is crude or base or if she exhibits selfishness or snobbiness, she may be transformed from a beauty to a misshappening beast. A heart filled with kindness, consideration, love, humility and generosity shines through. What‘s more?—you don’t have to keep up appearances, these qualities naturally come out. Instead of just focusing on outward characteristics, grow some values and watch the inner beauty unfold.

Want another quote to buoy this point?

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Joy is the best make-up ~ Anne Lamott

Make-up can only do so much. Under the layers of colors, hues and tricks—a stressed, unhappy face remains a canvas just holding up a front. But you don’t want to be just a canvas of colors—you want to shine. You want to highlight the make-up, not the other way round. What’s the magic ingredient? JOY---be happy and your face will reflect the glory of a life at peace with the world. And with yourself.


Beauty - in projection and perceiving - is 99.9% attitude. ~Grey Livingston

They say attitude is everything and they are right—yes, school with its attitude maxims, your mother with her attitude pep talk and maybe, your boss at work. If you think you’re beautiful, chances are nobody is going to argue with you. Why? It will show in the way you carry and project yourself. We’re not talking cockiness. We’re talking about a sense of self-assuredness, one who is happy with what she has (even if it doesn’t fit into the world’s dictionary of beauty)—now, that can be powerful and alluring.

One more beauty quote for good measure?

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful ~ Sophia Loren

Loved and Beautiful

Do I love you because you're beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

What comes first? You’re loved because you’re beautiful or you’re beautiful because you’re loved? It can happen both ways but the second scenario presents a hopeful possibility. Love is the miracle glow—the happy recipient will sparkle. If you’ve been loved, you know what that means. And if you’re languishing in a state of “unlovedness,” don’t despair, find someone to love you or why wait? Shower your love on someone today and feel the power of your love.

Old and Beautiful

You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing. ~Marie Stopes

Is it possible to be old and beautiful? According to the above quote, absolutely! If you’ve spent time cultivating inner beauty, it only grows more beautiful with age. You don’t have to fear the ravages of time and what it can do to your face and body--wrinkles, turkey neck, sagging folds of skin--yikes?.Not so. Inner beauty is like aged wine.

Don’t Try Too Hard

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ~ Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

We’re heard that often but that doesn’t cheapen its profound meaning. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there’s hope for everyone. Someone, somewhere will find you beautiful. Just be yourself—you don’t have to try too hard and risk being a phony. Just be yourself, you’re beautiful in your own special way.

God Doesn’t Make Junk

Beauty... is the shadow of God on the universe. ~Gabriela Mistral, Desolacíon

If you are not convinced and still think you’re one ugly specimen, just think-- would God make junk? Given His ample resources, would He? Even a twisted tree is beautiful in a gnarly kind of way. Giraffes have big fat spots, yet they’re uniquely beautiful and have you seen the Naked Mole Rat? Ok, it’s a burrowing rodent with a scrunched up face and slit-like eyes. Still, it’s cute in its own funky way. You’re uniquely formed and you are beautiful in your own way, you just need to look for your positives and negate your negatives.

Having said all that, there’s nothing wrong with trying to make yourself beautiful on the outside. Just know that while you’re polishing the outside, don’t forget the inside. After all, it’s the inside that holds your true being.

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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

I feel beautiful by just reading this. Great hub, as ever, my friend.

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Nice recommendations-- I long ago decided that inner beauty was my quest. The "Big bosom, full pouty lips, thick and long eye-lashes, " etc. were not in my assigned DNA.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Melody, i've not seen a picture of u but from my exchanges with you--I know you're a beautiful person. How? You've a sweet disposition and a positive attitude--such beautiful qualities. Thanks for dropping by.

Rochelle, thanks for visiting. You've long figured it out--good for you. I always gravitate towards one who possess inner beauty. It's like a light that shines, no matter the exterior.

coffeesnob 7 years ago


Well written! I like the quote "the best make-up is joy" How true. A large smile hids all laughing wrinkles right? so the best thing is to keep laughing!

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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Great hub with worthwhile meaning of beauty. I like the great quotes about beauty. My grandma used to say "Beauty is only skin deep." That is very deep..

Thanks for the read.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Coffeesnob, thanks for dropping by. I totally agree with you--laughter is not just good for the heart but so beautiful on the face.

DynamicS, your grandma was right on--such a profound truth.

Thanks for your comments.

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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Brilliant Hub anglnwu. You have really projected your thoughts well. There is no point in being beautiful by face if dont possess the right attitude. Bookmarked it

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Jay, thanks for your kind comments. I'm off to visiting your hub--any more stories?

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Yangtze 7 years ago

You are quite right.Inner beauty is indeed much more important than outer beauty which many people pay so much attention to.Just be yourself and you are beautiful.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

I totally agree with you. Everyone is beautiful in her own way. Sometimes, it makes me mad that the world is so lopsided--favoring outwardly beautiful people. They miss the point, but that's just me saying.

Thanks for dropping by and thanks for your comments.

\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

lovely hub

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by!

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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Some very good words of truth here! Thanks!

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind comments.

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

This Is pretty much a girls hub , but anglnwu nonetheless well done . I commented on one similar to this , so I thought It fair I should comment on yours . Outer beauty fades but Inner beauty Is permanent and shines through . And I love the Emerson quote .

At 49 I would like to think I fall In the old and beautiful category now !! :D Happy Sunday anglnwu !

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Tony, you've been very supportive and I truly appreciate that.

A beautiful spirit is hard to find and yes, you definitely qualify for this one. Love that emerson quote too!

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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Wow lovely! I love the quotes! Make me wanna sing.

"'Cause we are beautiful no matter what they say

Yes words won't bring us down (ohhh noo)

we are beautiful in every single way

Yes words can't bring us down (ohhh noo)

So don't you bring me down today"

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Really missed u, Charia. Thanks for sharing that song--lovely. Words can't bring us down when our inside is strong and confident. Oh...for more "confident" days, when we feel like we're holding the world in our hands, not the weight of it on our shoulders.

Any more new hubs?-I'm off to visiting yours.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago

Missed u2 anglnwu. No new hubs my dear. I'll try to have one in the next few days or weeks. lol! Thanks to you and the others who miss my presence. =)

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Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

Great hub dear.

ambika 7 years ago

Looks may be important initially but its personality that keeps a relationship going. I think we all know this but are influenced everyday by media and beauty pageants that tell us otherwise, they promote unrealistic expectations of looks. I know of women everyday who consider plastic surgery and crazy diets just so that they can look the way society expects you to. This only increases low self esteem among women like me who dont fit in the stereotype. Beauty pageants are all about the swimsuit round. We as people need to make a difference ourselves, stop being shallow. I was really happy to see atleast one contest/pageant that is taking that step to make a difference it is truly inspiring for all of us, check out this site and see how people are trying to break the stereotype

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Kulsum, thanks for kind comments.

ambika, I agree with you--as a woman, we're constantly told what we should look like, in order to be appealing. The magazines cover tell us we're failures, the pencil-thin actresses tell us we're a tad too big and yes,the beauty contestants show us why we need to step up our game. Like you say, we need to redefine true beauty and stop this sallow parade.

Check out the site--love the concept. Now, are you signing up? I'll vote for you. Or are you the creator of this site?

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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

I enjoyed this very much and agree with everything you say - also, I love the quotes you added and I love Ann Lamott - she is an example of a beautiful women with wonderful things to say!

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Glad you did. I love Ann Lamott--love her writing style(not sure if I agree with her ideology).

Thanks for visiting and I'm off to visiting your hub.

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dfelker 7 years ago

Finally figured out how to find your hub. It makes me feel good, so uplifting! Wonderful selection of quotes, and thanks for your comment too!

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

Thanks for visiting. Your kids look lovely.

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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I really enjoyed reading this hub - I have worn makeup since I was 14 since I feel I am too ugly to go outside without it - but it is best to work on what is inside.

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anglnwu 7 years ago Author

elayne, thanks for visiting and I appreciate your comments.Make-up can definitely enhance our looks, but the beauty that comes from inside far outshines. You're one beautiful soul(i gathered that from your hubs) and that will make you delightful everywhere you go.I'm sure your grandkids love you to pieces.

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hisham2020 7 years ago

that good idea

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

thanks, hisham.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

ang - I just loved this Hub. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Didn't hurt either that Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella was just about my most favorite. .esp the one with Lesly Ann Warren in it!!!

Thumbs up and going to tweet it now!!

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Shari, always a delight to hear from you. Glad to hear that Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is your favorite. Looking forward to your next hub.

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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Awesomne Hub, Beauty is an insided job. Your beauty tips help as well. (-: I enjoy your writing style. Very Nice. Very true, heartfelt hub sister.

When money is lost that is nothing

When health is lost that is something

When characture is lost that is everything.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

skye, thanks for dropping by. I agree with you--character is everything. Without a beautiful soul, nothing matters. You're a beautiful soul, that much I know.

Gillian from Singapore 6 years ago

I have always been searching the Web for such reads but it always google all sorts of undesirable advertisements about "finding single women online" etc, when all I want is somebody to write good stuff about inner beauty. I didn't know that Hubpages has wholesome writers. Thanks for writing such articles. Hope you do write more.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Gillian, my fellow Singaporean, it's good to hear your comments. Yes, there are certainly writers like this on hubpages. If you're interested to know who they are, let me know, I know a quite a few. Anyway, drop by anytime, you can always find me on hubpages and though I write mostly about health, I do occasionally write about such topics. Thanks again.

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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

You got it right. Beauty is not what you can see outside but what you have inside. It is the inner beauty that counts. The character of a person that counts most. Thanks for sharing.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Thelma, for your comments. I agree with you 100 percent:)

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Evita's Fashion 5 years ago from New Zealand

Thanks for reminding everyone what really counts. We tend to forget that we create our beauty with our personalities.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

I agree with you, Evita's Fashion. Once people get past the exterior, it's the personality and character that truly count. Thanks for commenting.

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BethanieGarcia 4 years ago from Eagle Mountain, UT

What a beautiful article! I am always looking for things like this to share on my blog. I'm a makeup artist, but I think it's important to focus on the kind of beauty that really matters as well. I'll be linking to this post today! Thank you!

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Bethanie, thanks for linking this to your post. I agree with you that inner beauty makes outer beauty even more attractive.

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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Love this hub with the beauty quotes. Thanks for sharing some inspiration and how to create your own inner beauty. Voted up!

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anglnwu 19 months ago Author

Hi Kristen Howe, thanks for your vote up. Appreciate your kind words.

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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Hi Angllnwu, you're very welcome.

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