"I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't. And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Robert Mapplethorpe on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Robert Mapplethorpe on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Robert Mapplethorpe on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Robert Mapplethorpe on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Robert Mapplethorpe on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God."
"To make pictures big is to make them more powerful."
"Beauty and the devil are the same thing."
"If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live."
"My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be."
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