You’re a lot more beautiful than you give yourself credit for,“ he tells me.
“That’s easy for you to say,” I scoff.
“It is easy for me to say,” he replies, taking my hand and confidently continuing as if he doesn’t know I don’t believe him. “Because you only see yourself in a mirror. I get to see you in the world; living, breathing. What you see in your reflection does not do you justice; your reflection is not you.
She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Scan - George Harrison, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, 1994; scanned from Living in the Material World.
Photo: Olivia Harrison
“It’s in India - it’s him looking out to another world, really. And that it’s India and maybe reflects his inner journey.” - Olivia Harrison on why she chose this as the final image in the book Living in the Material World, WNYC interview, 4 November 2011