"As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats I am only surprised that all do not."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Carl Van Vechten on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Carl Van Vechten 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."Carl Van Vechten on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Carl Van Vechten 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."Carl Van Vechten on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross