Where there is no love, what use is beauty?
Gist of Idea
Without love, what use is beauty?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Discourse on the Origin of Inequality , Part I)
Rousseau seems to be thinking of sexual attractiveness, but the aphorism seems to have universal application.
Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.58