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Tell me, shepherds, have you seen
  My Flora pass this way?
    In shape and feature Beauty's queen,
      In pastoral array.
      - Unattributed Author, The Wreath,
        from "The Lyre"

Beauty is like an almanac; if it lasts a year, it is well.
      - Thomas Adam

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature.
      - Joseph Addison

In the recognition of beauty, the eye takes the most delight in color.
      - Joseph Addison

The very first discovery of beauty strikes the mind with an inward joy, and spreads a cheerfulness and delight through all its faculties.
      - Joseph Addison

There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
      - Joseph Addison

Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover,
  Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 4)

She was short on intellect, but long on shape.
      - George Ade

You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
      - Anouk Aimee

Thus, then, was Beauty sent from heaven,
  The lovely ministress of Truth and Good
    In this dark world: for Truth and Good are one;
      And Beauty dwells in them, and they in her,
        With like participation.
      - Mark Akenside,
        The Pleasures of Imagination

What is lovely never dies,
  But passes into other loveliness,
    Star-dust, or sea-foam, flower or winged air.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich,
        A Shadow of the Night

Whatever beauty may be, it has for its basis order, and for its essence unity.
      - Father Andre

Handsome enough is good enough.
  [Lat., Sat pulchra, si sat bona.]
      - Anonymous

Things are beautiful if you love them.
      - Jean Anouilh

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction.
      - Aristotle

Beauty is only skin deep, and the world is full of thin skinned people.
      - Richard Armour

I must not say that she was true,
  Yet let me say that she was fair;
    And they, that lovely face who view,
      They should not ask if truth be there.
      - Matthew Arnold, Euphrosyne

Might but the sense of moral evil be as strong in me as is my delight in external beauty!
      - Thomas Arnold

Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush.
      - Francis Bacon

It is seldom that beautiful persona are otherwise of great virtue.
      - Francis Bacon

That is the best part of beauty which a picture cannot express.
      - Francis Bacon

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
      - Francis Bacon

Her cheek had the pale pearly pink
  Of sea shells, the world's sweetest tint, as though
    She lived, one-half might deem, on roses sopp'd
      In pearly dew.
      - Philip James Bailey

The fringe of the garment of the Lord.
      - Philip James Bailey

The beautiful are never desolate;
  But some one alway loves them--God or man.
    If man abandons, God himself takes them.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Water and Wood Midnight)

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