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An appearance of delicacy, and even of fragility, is almost essential to beauty.
      - Edmund Burke

A fine lady is a squirrel-headed thing, with small airs and small notions; about as applicable to the business of life as a pair of tweezers to the clearing of a forest.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The commonest man, who has his ounce of sense and feeling, is conscious of the difference between a lovely, delicate woman and a coarse one. Even a dog feels a difference in her presence.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Women could take part in the processions, the songs, the dances, of old religion; no one fancied their delicacy was impaired by appearing in public for such a cause.
      - Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli)

Delicacy is to the affections what grace is to the beauty.
      - Joseph Marie de Gerando

Weak men often from the very principle of their weakness derive a certain susceptibility; delicacy and taste which render them, in those particulars, much superior to men of stronger and more consistent minds, who laugh at them.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

True delicacy, that most beautiful heart-leaf of humanity, exhibits itself most significantly in little things.
      - Mary Howlitt

The dependant who cultivates delicacy in himself very little consults his own tranquillity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To a woman of delicate feeling the most persuasive declaration of love consists in the embarrassment of the lover.
      - Niocolas Valentin de Latena

Delicacy in woman is strength.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Delicacy is to affectation what grace is to beauty.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Friendship, love, and piety ought to be handled with a sort of mysterious secrecy; they ought to be spoken of only in the rare moments of perfect confidence, to be mutually understood in silence. Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

Delicacy is the coquetry of truth; fastidiousness is the prudery of falsehood.
      - Achille Poincelot

Delicacy is to the mind what fragrance is to the fruit.
      - Achille Poincelot

In delicate souls love never presents itself but under the veil of esteem.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

It is against womanhood to be forward in their own wishes.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

There is a certain delicacy which in yielding conquers; and with a pitiful look makes one find cause to crave help one's self.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

An appearance of delicacy is inseparable from sweetness and gentleness of character.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

If you destroy delicacy and a sense of shame in a young girl, you deprave her very fast.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.
      - Marguerite de Valois

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