40 Quotes About Beauty That Will Help You See Yourself Differently

Before sitting down to write today, I scrolled through my reader to see what my blogger friends were up to. After seeing this post on one of my favorites, I soon realized that whatever I post today can not be better. Enjoy.

Self Love Beauty

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, beauty was the greatest accomplishment – the only accomplishment! – for women. Their survival was dependent on being passed from their fathers to their husbands for income, for shelter, for life. In 1974, women still needed a husband’s signature to open a credit line, so may we be conscious of the fact that these are not ancient, archaic issues, realities of far-gone, lesser times.

Being objectively beautiful, better than other women, is something that’s so deeply ingrained in our psyches, and it’s only now being rendered obsolete as we (thankfully) change the way we determine “worth.”

The need to be beautiful, the obsession, the compulsion, the overwhelming desire, is rooted in survival, laced with instinct, compounded by consumerism, and associated most with the cosmetics counter.

And so there is a tension, and a disconnect, for the great truth we are subsequently neglecting. So long as we cultivate how we appear, how consumable we are, how admired…

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J is a happily single 30-something currently documenting her stories of love and loss. Her blog, “I Quit Dating” features excerpts of her journey as she reflects on the lessons learned from the men she loved. A complete collection of essays detailing her walk away from finding Mr. Right in order to pursue a more fulfilled life will be self-published next year. She recently moved from Los Angeles to New York. Contact: iquitdating (@) gmail.com

3 thoughts on “40 Quotes About Beauty That Will Help You See Yourself Differently”

  1. I loved this post and am so tired of being valued for appearances more than anything else. I went on a first date recently and mentioned that I’d read an article that revealed both a man and a woman’s greatest fear when going on a first on-line date. For most women it is that she will be unsafe or even have her life threatened, for men it is that she will be fat. My date said, ‘they probably wanted to kill her because she is fat.’…there was no 2nd date!

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