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Beauty is only truly irresistible when it shows us something less transitory than itself; when it makes us dream of that which charms life beyond the fugitive moment which sees us. It is necessary for the soul to feel it when the senses have perceived it. The soul never wearies; the more it admires, the more it is exalted.
      - Baroness Barbara Juliane de Krudener

How much wit, good-nature, indulgences, how many good offices and civilities, are required among friends to accomplish in some years what a lovely face or a fine hand does in a minute!
      - Jean de la Bruyere

A look of intelligence is what regularity of features is to women: it is a styule of beauty to which the most vain may aspire.
  [Fr., L'air spirituel est dans les hommes ce que la regularite des traits est dans les femmes: c'est le genre de beaute ou les plus vains puissent aspirer.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (XII)

Exquisite beauty resides rather in the female form than face, where it is also more lasting.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Something of the severe hath always been appertaining to order and to grace; and the beauty that is not too liberal is sought the most ardently, and loved the longest.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The very beautiful rarely love at all. Those precious images are placed above the reach of the passions.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Beautiful coquettes are quacks of love.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The common foible of women who been handsome is to forget that they are no longer so.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Truth is the foundation and the reason of the perfection of beauty, for of whatever stature a thing may be, it cannot be beautiful-and perfect, unless it be truly what it should be, and possess truly all that it should have.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We may say of agreeableness, as distinct from beauty, that it consists in a symmetry of which we know not the rules, and a secret conformity of the features to each other, as also to the air and complexion of the person.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

These are the beautiful people, who, befitting their rank as gods and goddesses of a powerful modern mythology, lead beautiful lives in beautiful houses, attired in beautiful clothes and, ostensibly, thinking only beautiful thoughts.
      - Helen Lawrenson

'Tis beauty calls, and glory shows the way.
      - Nathaniel Lee,
        Alexander the Great; or The Rival Queens
         (act IV, sc. 2)

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good but that which is good is always beautiful.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

Even beauty may present a prism wearying to the eye.
      - Prince de Ligne, Karl Joseph

Beauty or unbecomingness is of more force to draw or deter invitation than any discourses which can be made to them.
      - John Locke (1)

Beautiful in form and feature,
  Lovely as the day,
    Can there be so fair a creature
      Formed of common clay?
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora--The Workshop of Hephoestus--Chorus of the Graces

Blue were her eyes as the fairy-flax,
  Her cheeks like the dawn of day,
    And her bosom white as the hawthorn buds,
      That ope in the month of May.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Wreck of the Hesperus (st. 2)

Oh, could you view the melodie
  Of ev'ry grace,
    And musick of her face,
      You'd drop a teare,
        Seeing more harmonie
          In her bright eye,
            Then now you heare.
      - Richard Lovelace, Orpheus to Beasts

You are beautiful and faded
  Like an old opera tune
    Played upon a harpsichord.
      - Amy Lowell, A Lady

Where none admire, 'tis useless to excel;
  Where none are beaux, 'tis vain to be a belle.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton"),
        Soliloquy of a Beauty in the Country
         (l. 11)

Beauty, like wit, to judges should be shown;
  Both most are valued where they best are known.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton"),
        Soliloquy of a Beauty in the Country
         (l. 13)

Beauty and sadness always go together.
  Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth.
    Upon the earth without a meet alloy.
      - George MacDonald, Within and Without
         (pt. IV, sc. 3)

O, thou art fairer than the evening air
  Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
      - Christopher Marlowe, Faustus

'Tis evanescence that endures;
  The loveliness that dies the soonest has the longest life.
    The rainbow is a momentary thing,
      The afterglows are ashes while we gaze.
      - Donald Marquis (Donald Robert Perry Marquis) ("Don Marquis"),
        The Paradox

Beauty hath no lustre save when it gleameth through the crystal web that purity's fine fingers weave for it.
      - Charles Robert Maturin

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