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An' fair was her sweet bodie,
  Yet fairer was her mind.--
    Menie's the queen among the flowers,
      The wale o' womankind.
      - Robert Nicoll, Menie

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.
      - Old Italian Saying

Altho' your frailer part must yield to Fate,
  By every breach in the fair lodging made,
    Its blest inhabitant is more displayed.
      - John Oldham, To Madam L.E. on her Recovery

And should you visit now the seats of bliss,
  You need not wear another form but this.
      - John Oldham, To Madam L.E. on her Recovery

Hast thou left thy blue course in heaven, golden-haired son of the sky! The west has opened its gates; the bed of thy repose is there. The waves come, to behold thy beauty. They lift their trembling heads. They see thee lovely in thy sleep; they shrink away with fear. Rest, in thy shadowy cave, O sun! let thy return be in joy.
      - Ossian, Carric-Thura (st. 1)

There is a self-evident axiom, that she who is born a beauty is half married.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

And all the carnal beauty of my wife
  Is but skin-deep.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury, A Wife

A pleasing face is no small advantage.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Beauty is a frail good.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

I would that you were either less beautiful, or less corrupt. Such perfect beauty does not suit such imperfect morals.
  [Lat., Aut formosa fores minus, aut minus improba vellem.
    Non facit ad mores tam bona forma malos.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (bk. III, 11, 41)

A pleasing countenance is no slight disadvantage.
  [Lat., Auxilium non leve vultus habet.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 8, 54)

You may not, cannot, appropriate beauty. It is the wealth of the eye, and a cat may gaze upon a king.
      - Theodore Parker

There is no beauty on earth which exceeds the natural loveliness of woman.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.
      - Francesco Petrarch

Beauty and wisdom are rarely conjoined.
  [Lat., Raram facit misturam cum sapientia forma.]
      - Petronius (Caius Petronius Arbiter),
        Satyricon (XCIV)

O that such beauty should be so devoid of understanding!
  [Lat., O quanta species cerebrum non habet!]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (I, 7, 2)

Is beauty vain because it will fade? Then are earth's green robe and heaven's light vain.
      - John Pierpont

It is a great plague to be too handsome a man.
  [Lat., Nimia est miseria nimis pulchrum esse hominem.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Miles Gloriosus (I, 1, 68)

When the candles are out all women are fair.
      - Plutarch, Conjugal Precepts

Beauty, whatever kind, is in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
      - Edgar Allan Poe

Beauty draws us with a single hair.
      - Alexander Pope

There should be, methinks, as little merit in loving a woman for her beauty as in loving a man for his prosperity; both being equally subject to change.
      - Alexander Pope

'Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call,
  But the joint force and full result of all.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay--On Criticism
         (pt. II, l. 45)

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
  Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto V, l. 33)

Beauty of form affects the mind, but then it must be understood that it is not the mere shell that we admire; we are attracted by the idea that this shell is only a beautiful case adjusted to the shape and value of a still more beautiful pearl within. The perfection of outward loveliness is the soul shining through its crystalline covering.
      - Jane Porter

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