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GRACE
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[ Also see Awkwardness Beauty Blessedness Charm Courtesy Delicacy Disgrace Forgiveness Gentleness Goodness Holiness Manners Mercy Pardon ]

Grace has been defined, the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Grace in women has more effect than beauty. We sometimes see a certain fine self-possession, an habitual voluptuousness of character, which reposes on its own sensations and derives pleasure from all around it, that is more irresistible than any other attraction. There is an air of languid enjoyment in such persons, "in their eyes, in their arms, and their hands, and their face," which robs us of ourselves, and draws us by a secret sympathy towards them.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Beauty loses its relish; the graces never.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

The loveliest hair is nothing, if the wearer is incapable of a grace.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

True grace is natural, not artificial, because, however strenuously you strive to gain it, when it is gained it never gives the impression of effort or straining for effect.
      - Frederic Dan Huntington

Every man of any education would rather be called a rascal than accused of deficiency in the graces.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Grace imitates modesty, as politeness imitates kindness.
      - Joseph Joubert

Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
      - Joseph Joubert

Strength is natural, but grace is the growth of habit. This charming quality requires practice if it is to become lasting.
      - Joseph Joubert

Teach me to live that I may dread
  The grace as little as my bed.
      - Bishop Thomas Ken (Kenn), Evening Hymn

Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes.
      - Martin Luther

The feminine graces of Madame de Sevigne's genius are exquisitely charming; but the philosophy and eloquence of Madame de Stael are above the distinction of sex.
      - Sir James Mackintosh

My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things--trout as well as eternal salvation--come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.
      - Norman Fitzroy Maclean,
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That caressing and exquisite grace--never bold,
  Ever present--which just a few women possess.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Her grace of motion and of look, the smooth and swimming majesty of step and tread, the symmetry of form and feature, set the soul afloat, even like delicious airs of flute and harp.
      - Rev. Henry Hart Milman

And grace that won who saw to wish her stay.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 43)

Every natural movement is graceful. Did you ever watch a kitten at play?
      - Anna C. Mowatt

The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.
      - John Owen (2)

Her walk was like no mortal thing, but shaped after an angel's.
      - Francesco Petrarch

And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
      - Alexander Pope

She moves a goddess, and she looks a queen.
      - Alexander Pope

From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part,
  And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 152)

Virtue, without the graces, is like a rich diamond unpolished--it hardly looks better than a common pebble; but when the hand of the master rubs off the roughness, and forms the sides into a thousand brilliant surfaces, it is then that we acknowledge its worth, admire its beauty, and long to wear it in our bosoms.
      - Jane Porter


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