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Take the whole sex together, and you find that those who have the strongest possession of men's hearts are not eminent for their beauty. You see it often happen that those who engage men to the greatest violence are such as those who are strangers to them would take to be remarkably defective for that end.
      - John Hughes

No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more than she can be witty only by the help of speech.
      - Thomas Hughes

A queen, devoid of beauty is not queen;
  She needs the royalty of beauty's mien.
      - Victor Hugo, Eviradnus (V)

What is beauty? Not the show
  Of shapely limbs and features. No.
    These are but flowers
      That have their dated hours
        To breathe their momentary sweets, then go.
          'Tis the stainless soul within
            That outshines the fairest skin.
      - Sir A. Hunt

Beauty too often sacrifices to fashion. The spirit of fashion is not the beautiful, but the wilful; not the graceful, but the fantastic; not the superior in the abstract, but the superior in the worst of all concretes,--the vulgar.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

The beautiful attracts the beautiful.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

There is scarcely a single joy or sorrow within the experience of our fellow-creatures which we have not tasted; yet the belief, in the good and beautiful has never forsaken us. It has been medicine to us in sickness, richness in poverty, and the best part of all that ever delighted us in health and success.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Where the mouth is sweet and the eyes intelligent, there is always the look of beauty, with a right heart.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Socrates called beauty a short-lived tyranny; Plato, a privilege of nature; Theophrastus, a silent cheat; Theocritus, a delightful prejudice; Carneades, a solitary kingdom; Domitian said, that nothing was more grateful; Aristotle affirmed that beauty was better than all the letters of recommendation in the world; Homer, that 'twas a glorious gift of nature, and Ovid, alluding to him, calls it a favor bestowed by the gods.
      - Italian Quotations

The exceeding beauty of the earth, in her splendor of life, yields a new thought with every petal. The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live, so that the longer we stay among these things so much the more is snatched from inevitable Time.
      - Richard Jefferies, The Pageant of Summer

He will always see the most beauty whose affections are warmest and most exercised, whose imagination is the most powerful, and who has most accustomed himself to attend to the objects by which he is surrounded.
      - Lord Francis Jeffrey

Beauty, without kindness, dies unenjoyed and undelighting.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

What ills from beauty spring.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A woman, the more curious she is about her face, is commonly the more careless about her house.
      - Ben Jonson

Beauty is always queen.
      - Joseph II

Beautiful works do not intoxicate, but they enchant.
      - Joseph Joubert

Eyes raised toward heaven are always beautiful, whatever they be.
      - Joseph Joubert

He who cannot see the beautiful side is a bad painter, a bad friend, a bad lover; he cannot lift his mind and his heart so high as goodness.
      - Joseph Joubert

The divine right of beauty is the only divine right a man can acknowledge, and a pretty woman the only tyrant he is not authorized to resist.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Rarely do we meet in one combined, a beauteous body and a virtuous mind.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Rare is the union of beauty and purity.
  [Lat., Rara est adeo concordia formae
    Atque pudicitiae.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (X, 297)

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
      - Franz Kafka

A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
  Its loveliness increases; it will never
    Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
      A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
        Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. I, l. 1)

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all
  Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
      - John Keats (1), Ode on a Grecian Urn
         (st. 5)

If there is a fruit that can be eaten raw, it is beauty.
      - Alphonse Kerr

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