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No longer shall the bodice aptly lac'd
  From thy full bosom to thy slender waist,
    That air and harmony of shape express,
      Fine by degrees, and beautifully less.
      - Matthew Prior, Henry and Emma (l. 429)

For, when with beauty we can virtue join,
  We paint the semblance of a form divine.
      - Matthew Prior, To the Countess of Oxford

Gaze not on beauty too much, lest it blast thee; nor too long, lest it blind thee; nor too near, lest it burn thee. If thou like it, it deceives thee; if thou love it, it disturbs thee; if thou hunt after it, it destroys thee. If virtue accompany it, it is the heart's paradise; if vice associate it, it is the soul's purgatory. It is the wise man's bonfire, and the fool's furnace.
      - Francis Quarles

If virtue accompany it, it is the heart's paradise; if vice associate it, it is the soul's purgatory.
      - Francis Quarles

The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.
      - Francis Quarles

Too exact, and studious of similitude rather than of beauty.
  [Lat., Nimis in veritate, et similitudinis quam pulchritudinis amantior.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 10, 9)

If thou marry beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which, perchance, will neither last nor please thee one year.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

No better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; no true beauty without the signature of these graces in the very countenance.
      - John Ray (Wray)

A beautiful face fires our imagination, and we see higher virtue and intelligence in it than we can detect in its owner's head or heart when we descend to calm inspection.
      - Charles Reade

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
      - Charles Reade

Fair are the flowers and the children, but their subtle suggestion is fairer;
  Rarer is the roseburst of dawn, but the secret that clasps it rarer;
    Sweet the exultance of song, but the strain that precedes it is sweeter
      And never was poem yet writ, but the meaning outmastered the meter.
      - Richard Realf, Indirection

A woman possessing nothing but outward advantages is like a flower without fragrance, a tree without fruit.
      - Mathurin Regnier

Beauty is an accidental and transient good.
      - Samuel Richardson

Beauty attracts us men, but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed with gold or silver beside, it attracts with tenfold power.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
      - Jean Rostand

Is she not more than painting can express,
  Or youthful poets fancy, when they love?
      - Nicholas Rowe, The Fair Penitent
         (act III, sc. 1)

Beauty is an exquisite flower, and its perfume is virtue.
      - Giovanni Ruffini

The perception of the beautiful is gradual, and not a lightning revelation; it requires not only time, but some study.
      - Giovanni Ruffini

Contrast increases the splendor of beauty, but it disturbs its influence; it adds to its attractiveness, but diminishes its power.
      - John Ruskin

In all things that live there are certain irregularities, and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty. No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry.
      - John Ruskin

Like other beautiful things in this world, its end (that of a shaft) is to be beautiful; and, in proportion to its beauty, it receives permission to be otherwise useless. We do not blame emeralds and rubies because we cannot make them into heads of hammers.
      - John Ruskin

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.
      - John Ruskin

The noble grotesque involves the true appreciation of beauty.
      - John Ruskin

There is a certain period of the soul-culture when it begins to interfere with some of characters of typical beauty belonging to the bodily frame, the stirring of the intellect wearing down the flesh, and the moral enthusiasm burning its way out to heaven, through the emaciation of the earthen vessel; and there is, in this indication of subduing the mortal by the immortal part, an ideal glory of perhaps a purer and higher range than that of the more perfect material form. We conceive, I think, more nobly of the weak presence of Paul than of, the fair and ruddy countenance of David.
      - John Ruskin

The saying that beauty is but skin deep is but a skin deep saying.
      - John Ruskin, Personal Beauty

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