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Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the
by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the
ancient world refused to understand itself,
a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably
has bid farewell to our new world,
a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Without a doubt, at the center of the New Testament there stands the Cross,
which receives its interpretation from the Resurrection.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

But the issue is not only life and death but our existence
before God and our being judged by him.
All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Even if a unity of faith is not possible,
a unity of love is.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

 

The inner reality of love can be recognized only by love.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Thus it is necessary to commence from an inescapable duality:
the finite is not the infinite.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make
of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

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The Passion narratives are the first pieces of the
Gospels that were composed as a unity.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

The work with which we embark on this first volume
of a series of theological studies is a work with which
the philosophical person does not begin,
but rather concludes.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

St.
Paul would say to the philosophers that God created
man so that he would seek the Divine,
try to attain the Divine.
That is why all pre-Christian philosophy is theological at its summit.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Prior to an individual's encounter with the love of
God at a particular time in history,
however, there has to be another, more fundamental
and archetypal encounter,
which belongs to the conditions of possibility of the
appearance of divine love to man.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

To be sure, the response of faith to revelation,
which God grants to the creature he chooses and moves with his love,
occurs in such a way that it is truly the creature
that provides the response,
with its own nature and its natural powers of love.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Whoever removes the Cross and its interpretation by
the New Testament from the center,
in order to replace it, for example,
with the social commitment of Jesus to the oppressed as a new center,
no longer stands in continuity with the apostolic faith.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

It is, finally, a word is untimely in three different senses,
and bearing it as one's treasure will not win one anyone's favours;
one rather risks finding oneself outside everyone's camp...
Beauty is the word that shall be our first.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

The One, the Good, the True, and the Beautiful,
these are what we call the transcendental attributes of Being,
because they surpass all the limits of essences and
are coextensive with Being.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

The Christian response is contained in these two fundamental dogmas:
that of the Trinity and that of the Incarnation.
In the trinitarian dogma God is one,
good,
true, and beautiful because he is essentially Love,
and Love supposes the one, the other,
and their unity.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

If God wishes to reveal the love that he harbors for the world,
this love has to be something that the world can recognize,
in spite of, or in fact in, its being wholly other.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

If one does away with the fact of the Resurrection,
one also does away with the Cross, for both stand and fall together,
and one would then have to find a new center for the
whole message of the gospel.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself
at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness,
and she will not allow herself to be separated and
banned from her two sisters without taking them along
with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

The first attempt at a response: there must have been a fall,
a decline, and the road to salvation can only be the
return of the sensible finite into the intelligible infinite.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Not longer loved or fostered by religion,
beauty is lifted from its face as a mask,
and its absence exposes features on that face which
threaten to become incomprehensible to man.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- Anonymous

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

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

The most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Beauty is whatever gives joy.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

See beauty in the familiar.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

There is beauty and serenity in the eye of the storm.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
- Rumi

To love beauty is to see light.
- Victor Hugo

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Love is the beauty of the soul.
- Saint Augustine

Through Love and through Beauty, we achieve immortality.
- Jewel (paraphrasing Plato)

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.
- John Muir

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to the body and soul.
- John Muir

Go ahead. Weep for the rare,
the never seen this way again,
the excruciating, ineffable,
unmitigated beauty of love.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

You have a choice about the perspective you take on life.
See tragedy, and the world is tragic -
see beauty, and the world is beautiful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Like Beauty, Joy and Suffering are
in the Eye of the Beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is amazing how complete is the delusion
that beauty is goodness.
- Leo Tolstoy

Flowers are Nature's messengers -
reminders of an unspeakable beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest
gift of the human cerebrum.
- Alexis Carrel

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
- John Ray

Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
- Aldous Huxley

Beauty is less important than quality.
- Eugene Ormandy

Goodness is beauty in the best estate.
- Christopher Marlowe

Beauty has a lot to do with character.
- Kevyn Aucoin

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish,
the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
- Bernard Berenson

I define nothing.
Not beauty, not patriotism.
I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
- Bob Dylan

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
- Fay Weldon

Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant.
- Douglas Horton

Real beauty is to be true to oneself.
That's what makes me feel good.
- Laetitia Casta

What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things.
- Albrecht Durer

We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one
of Nature's greatest healers.
- Ellsworth Huntington


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