Since the time of Ancient Greece, people have associated beauty with pain. One way to look at this concept is through that famous quote, “beauty is pain” which has been used since the 18th century. The quote was first used by French aristocrat François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand in his memoirs published in the 1800s. It was then popularized by feminist Simone de Beauvoir in her 1949 book “The Second Sex”.

60 Best Beauty is Pain Quote

1. “You are human, you will make mistakes, and it’s one of the most beautiful things about being human, but you must learn from your mistakes, otherwise your life will have a lot of unnecessary pain.” – Rhonda Byrne

2. “When I am in pain, I must know that beauty always has been and always will be. This is as close to eternity as I need to be.” – Bill T. Jones

3. “The most fascinating women are those that can most enrich the everyday moments of existence. In a particular and attaching sense, they are those that can partake our pleasures and our pains in the liveliest and most devoted manner. Beauty is little without this; with it she is triumphant.” – Leigh Hunt

4. “In the consciousness of belonging together, in the sense of constancy, resides the sanctity, the beauty of matrimony, which helps us to endure pain more easily, to enjoy happiness doubly, and to give rise to the fullest and finest development of our nature.” – Fanny Lewald

5. “Heaven is spectacular, some would say paradise. A magnificent city surrounded by walls of gold and rainbow paths all dazzling in God’s light. There is no fear in Heaven, nor is there pain, and most really have found serenity there.” – Stacey Field

6. “The door through which he had glimpsed such wondrous light, he had walked through. He had encountered both beauty and pain. Now he understood that was how it would always be – no matter where he went in the world.” – Margi Preus

7. “Sometimes beauty can give pain. Pain is a part of life that will tend to be a part of beauty.” – Unknown

8. “I pull you from your tower, take away your pain. Show you all the beauty you possess, if you only let yourself believe.” – Sarah McLachlan

9. “Life is a manifestation of the unified field of consciousness. Colors, beauty, pleasure and pain are its songs of creation.” – Amit Ray

10. “Listening to other people’s needs is listening to God. Noticing simple, natural beauty, hearing music, even confronting the challenge of pain and problems – that can all be listening to God too.” – Peter Kreeft

11. “The world, with all its beauty, its happiness and suffering, its joys and pains, is planned with the utmost ingenuity, in order that the powers of the Self may be shown forth in manifestation.” – Annie Besant

12. “Living was a dangerous past-time, and often quite painful – but there was also such joy in living, such beauty, things that one would otherwise never see, never experience, never know. The risk of pain and loss was a part of living.” – Jim Butcher

13. “Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature.” – Louis Orr

14. “We see, at least with intellect, that beyond both true and false is truth; that there is beauty beyond our present views on the beautiful and ugly; that pleasure-pain can now alike be transcended, and that someday we shall truly see that ‘form is emptiness and the very emptiness is form’.” – Christmas Humphreys

15. “I shall give you hunger, and pain, and sleepless nights. Also beauty, and satisfactions known to few, and glimpses of the heavenly life. None of these you shall have continually, and of their coming and going you shall not be foretold.” – Howard Lindsay

16. “Nature is neither pleasant nor painful. It is all intelligence and beauty. Pain and pleasure are in the mind.” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

17. “Aeschylus was the poet of a new era. He bridged the tremendous gulf between the poetry of the beauty of the outside world and the poetry of the beauty of the pain of the world.” – Edith Hamilton

18. “But the gray and the cold are haunted by a beauty akin to pain, by a sense of a something wanted that never will come again.” – William Wetmore Story

19. “Because life, as Pablo Picasso averred, ‘is a very bad novel’, it has to be reworked through the writers’ suffering into something much more meaningful, much more valuable. A life lived and relived, then, emitting intensity and beauty only achievable by a journey through pain.” – Cirilo F. Bautista

20. “Without an uninvestigated story, there’s only the perfection of life appearing as itself. You can always go inside and find the beauty that’s revealed after the pain and fear are understood.” – Byron Katie

21. “It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.” – Benjamin Britten

22. “City and country each has its own beauty and its own pain. Some of the smallness of small towns Cattiness, everybody knowing everybody’s business. That can be challenging. And cities can be challenging because no one can connect except electronically.” – William P. Young

23. “God trades our ashes for beauty, and our pain for joy.” – T.K. Chapin

24. “I’ll accept the pain and the suffering, because I know that in that there’s a lot of beauty, too.” – Wayne Coyne

25. “There’s beauty and darkness in everything: Sorrow in joy, life in death, throns on the roses. You can’t escape pain and torment anymore then you can give up joy and beauty…” – Cate Tiernan

26. “Pain

Waves are the sea’s white daughters,

And raindrops the children of rain,

But why for my shimmering body

Have I a mother like Pain?

Night is the mother of stars,

And wind the mother of foam

The world is brimming with beauty,

But I must stay at home.” – Sara Teasdale

27. “I guess it’s human nature to question yourself, to question why all the pain has had to happen? sometimes there isn’t any answers it just is what it is and how we make ourselves feel and see through that, is what will determine how we move forward.” – Nikki Rowe

28. “Your face encompasses the beauty of the whole earth. Your lips, as red as ripening fruit, gently part as if in pain. It is the smile of a corpse. Now the hand of death touches life. The chain is forged that links the thousand families that are dead to the thousand generations to come.” – Edvard Munch

29. “Fairytales teach us that love is beauty, happiness, and faith. Life teaches us that sometimes we can feel hurt, useless, and lost. Sometimes we lose the ones we love. Sometimes we just can’t handle the pain. And sometimes we just have to say goodbye.” – Dannielle Wicks

30. “She knew she could answer it. She knew how to put one foot in front of the other even when every step hurt. And she knew there was pain in the journey, but there was also great beauty. She’d seen it standing on rooftops and in green eyes and in the smallest, ugliest rock. She would find the answer.” – Veronica Rossi

31. “Going home’ is a journey to the heart of who we are, a place where we can be ourselves and welcome the reality of our beauty and our pain. From this acceptance of ourselves, we can accept others as they are and we can see our common humanity.” – Jean Vanier

32. “I must find Ecstasy in this Insanity

Freedom from their Slavery

The Truth in their Lies

Life in their Death

Beauty in their Homicidal Genocide

Peace in the War Whore’s evil orgy of Death and Negation

Love amongst the Ruins

Pleasure in my own Pain.” – Lydia Lunch

33. “Life is filled with pain and beauty. It’s a journey, a learning experience. You’ve always been a girl who has had to learn by doing, not by watching and listening–don’t change that. Don’t change that now–you’re too young.” – Karyn Bosnak

34. “Margrethe watched them paralyzed by the intensity of the emotions moving through her. So much pain and euphoria, a sense that even though her own heart was broken, the world could contain such beauty and magic she almost could not bear it? What did her own pain matter, in the face of that?” – Carolyn Turgeon

35. “In my opinion, I think we have brief moments of great beauty and great pain, and as we journey we try to grasp one, so we can avoid the other.” – Brandon Shire

36. “Within this raindrop there must be a heart- a heart that weeps the pain of longing. I have her in my palm where the silvery rays of the morn reflect the beauty of the whole cosmos and I kiss her with all my yearning!” – Preeth Nambiar

37. “You keep your eyes closed to block out the hardships, the pain, the unwanted; but in that, the true beauty of the world is lost, because you refuse to open your eyes.” – Unknown

38. “Flowers teach us that nothing is permanent: not their beauty, not even the fact that they will inevitably wilt, because they will still give new seeds. Remember this when you feel joy, pain, or sadness. Everything passes, grows old, dies, and is reborn.” – Paulo Coelho

39. “Beauty is what sustains things, although beauty is underwritten by pain and fear.” – Andy Goldsworthy

40. “I believe that even in the darkest of moments, a rose can bloom, and its beauty can make us hope again. I want to take you on a wild, dark journey of fear, despair, and pain, on to ultimate redemption and love.” – Carole Gill

41. “After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent.” – Albert Camus

42. “I keep such music in my brain

No din this side of death can quell;

Glory exulting over pain,

And beauty, garlanded in hell.” – Siegfried Sassoon

43. “Somewhere beyond the pain, you turn around and realize that life is beautiful.” – T.L. Rese

44. “I’m not a man easily moved to displays of emotion, but tonight I am weak, I am vulnerable. It must be from being inside her, so close to her, breathing in her pain, and love, and light, and blossoming vulnerable beauty.” – Poppet

45. “One cannot grow beauty in the soil of hate and pain.” – Rick Remender

46. “Beauty was deceptive. I would rather wear my pain, my ugliness. I was torn and stitched. I was a strip mine, and they would just have to look. I hoped I made them sick. I hoped they saw me in their dreams.” – Janet Fitch

47. “Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it.” – Harriet Morgan

48. “Can we just be grateful for beauty & joy, fascination & tolerance, humour & love, nature & grace, and simply release any anger and pains?” – Jay Woodman

49. “In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.” – Amit Ray

50. “Darling, I wish I could help you. Try to remember this: to live, you need every experience. Some will come in glory and in beauty, and some in pain and what seems like ugliness. But – they are. Life consists of opposites in balance.” – Marion Zimmer Bradley

51. “It’s so difficult to love another person and yourself for who they are and not what they do or who they could be. To stay in this moment and know it in all its pleasure and its pain. The world is a beautiful place. How often do we say this aloud?” – Vicki Forman

52. “The tendency of the human mind is to see the world with a ‘dualistic’ view that describes everything through comparisons: good and bad, pain and happiness, beauty and ugliness, rich and poor.” – Gyalwa Dokhampa

53. “Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.” – Christopher Morley

54. “Art is a course in personal development that has no reliable diploma and no known end. The pursuit of art instructs in beauty as well as ugliness, fantasy as well as common sense. Art levels souls and baffles brains. Art softens pain because it is pain. Art gives joy because it is joy.” – Robert Genn

55. “If she is to love life and freedom and be brave then she must learn to let go. To see beauty without clinging to it, to feel pain without holding it hostage, and to feel love without worry of losing it.” – G.G. Renee Hill

56. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

57. “It’s a lovely adaptation that honors Lois Lowry’s vision and authority … the film … illuminates and explores the beauty, danger and pain of our free, creative lives. Plenty to talk about in families and other communities. Go see it.” – Mitali Perkins

58. “We don’t ever want to shut down and say, I’m afraid to go that far down the road because there’s going to be pain. There’ll be beauty, too, and if you stop here, you stop all that.” – Wayne Coyne

59. “If you want the naked beauty of my vulnerability, you have to have the strength to share the burden of, the private pain, that makes me feel so tender and fragile. For I am as strong, as I am, weak. If you want me to come home to you, be the safe harbor, in which, I can seek refuge.” – Jaeda DeWalt

60. “Brokenness is just like beauty; it’s something we wear and carry, and if we let it define us, it will. But we are not our beauty or our brokenness, because souls are not made of beauty or brokenness. Souls are made of something permanent. Souls are made of truth.” – Lauren Miller


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