A Quote by C. Smith Sumner on ability, automobiles, beauty, boldness, children, confusion, danger, environment, fatherhood, garden, god, indecision, life, pollution, and sharing

The Bee Story I want to share something with you. A few days ago, I was stopped at a large, busy intersection waiting for a long light. Not really looking at anything in particular, my eyes moved about until I noticed a honey bee on the street alongside the car. It was near a bold white line which was between my lane and the left turn lane. The bee was not flying in a lush garden among beautiful flowers and shrubs and trees, in the cool clean air with quietness and beauty all around it. Instead, it had lowered itself to walk on the hot pavement surrounded by noise, pollution, heat and great threats to its very life. It crawled onto the line and seemed to be pulled toward the other side. But then it resisted and wandered back. Back and forth it went, indecisive about whether it would cross over or not. The traffic was now moving in the left turn lane and presented a grave danger. Finally the little bee, perhaps confused, being in an environment to which it was not accustomed, and not using the abilities that God had given it, drifted over the line and headed directly into foreign territory. Two tires went by quickly without harming the bee although ruffling its wings a bit. It could see that it could stand up to any danger so it carried on. Then came a bus and, in a split second, its life was snuffed out. It perished on the wrong side of the line. This is a true story about one unfortunate bee. It has been acted out, set in different environments, in the lives of many of the children of our Heavenly Father.

C. Smith Sumner (1933 -)

Source: originally told to a seminary class, September, 19, Los Altos, California, 1983

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on beauty, nature, and quality

Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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A Quote by Baruch Spinoza on beauty, confusion, imagination, nature, order, and ugliness

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.

Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)

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A Quote by Barry Yelverton, Lord Avonmore on beauty, colors, health, laws, life, science, and youth

He it was that first gave to the law the air of a science. He found it a skeleton, and clothed it with life, color, and complexion: he embraced the old statue, and by his touch it grew into youth, health, and beauty.

Barry Yelverton

Source: On Blackstone.

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A Quote by Barbara LaMarr on beauty, god, joy, and youth

With God in the Joy of Beauty and Youth

Barbara LaMarr

Source: (Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

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A Quote by Arthur Symons on beauty, mystery, style, and virtue

He knew that the whole mystery of beauty can never be comprehended by the crowd, and that while clearness is a virtue of style, perfect explicitness is not a necessary virtue.

Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945)

Source: The Symbolist Movement in Literature, 1899, Gérard de Nerval

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A Quote by Arthur Rimbaud on beauty and bitterness

One evening I sat Beauty on my knees - And I found her bitter - And I reviled her.

Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1891)

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A Quote by Arthur J. Lamb on beauty, birds, and gold

Her beauty was sold for an old man's gold. She's a bird in a gilded cage.

Arthur J. Lamb (1870 - 1928)

Source: A Bird in a Gilded Cage, 1900

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A Quote by Arthur Cayley on beauty, perception, and theory

As for everything else, so for a mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained.

Arthur Cayley

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by Aristotle on beauty, heroism, soul, and temper

The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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