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Beauty vanishes; virtue is lasting.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is impossible that beauty should ever distinctly appreciate itself.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oesser taught me that the ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquillity.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The beautiful is a manifestation of secret laws of Nature, which, but for this appearance, had been forever concealed from us.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The useful encourages itself; for the multitude produce it, and no one can dispense with it: the beautiful must be encouraged; for few can set it forth, and many need it.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I too was fair, and that was my undoing.
  [Ger., Schon war ich auch, und das war mein Verderben.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 25, 30)

Handsome is that handsome does.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. I), also see Henry Fielding

'Tis impious pleasure to delight in harm.
  And beauty should be kind, as well as charm.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne, To Myra
         (l. 21)

The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false; that it lessens.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

The dimple that thy chin contains has beauty in its round,
  That never has been fathomed yet by myriad thoughts profound.
      - Mohammed Shems-ed-Deen Hafiz (pseudonym of Shams-Ed-Dinmuhammad),
        Odes (CXLIII)

Beauty,--the fading rainbow's pride.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck

I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck

There's beauty all around our paths, if but our watchful eyes
  Can trace it 'midst familiar things, and through their lowly guise.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, Our Daily Paths

Many a temptation comes to us in find, gay colours that are but skin deep.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Genesis, III)

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.
      - George Herbert

Beauty drawes more then oxen.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Professor at the Breakfast Table (II)

An agreeable figure and winning manner, which inspire affection without love, are always new. Beauty loses its relish, the graces never, after the longest acquaintance, they are no less agreeable than at first.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

Beauty is a dangerous property, tending to corrupt the mind of the wife, though it soon loses its influence over the husband. A figure agreeable and engaging, which inspires affection, without the ebriety of love, is a much safer choice.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

A heaven of charms divine Nausicaa lay.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. VI, l. 22), (Pope's translation)

So that what is a beautiful woman on top ends in a black and ugly fish.
  [Lat., Ut turpiter atrum
    Desinat in piscem mulier formosa superne.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (l. 3)

O daughter, more beautiful than thy lovely mother.
  [Lat., O matre pulchra filia pulchrior.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 16, 1)

Nothing is beautiful from every point of view.
  [Lat., Nihil est ab omni
    Parte beatum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (II, 16, 27)

Sith Nature thus gave her the praise,
  To be the chiefest work she wrought,
    In faith, methink, some better ways
      On your behalf might well be sought,
        Than to compare, as ye have done,
          To match the candle with the sun.
      - Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey,
        Sonnet to the Fair Geraldine

'T is a powerful sex; they were too strong for the first, the strongest, and the wisest man that was.
      - James Howell (Howel)

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