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Liking is not always the child of beauty; but whatsoever is liked, to the liker is beautiful.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Lovely sweetness is the noblest power of woman, and is far fitter to prevail by parley than by battle.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

She died in beauty--like a rose blown from its parent stem.
      - Charles Doyne Sillery, She Died in Beauty

Every good picture is the best of sermons and lectures. The sense informs the soul. Whatever you have, have beauty.
      - Sydney Smith

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
      - Socrates

I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
      - Socrates

O beloved Pan, and all ye other gods of this place, grant me to become beautiful in the inner man.
      - Socrates, in Plato's "Phaedrus", end

What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
      - Susan Sontag

Though color be the lowest of all the constituent parts of beauty, yet it is vulgarly the most striking.
      - Joseph Spence

For beauty is the bait which, with delight, doth man allure for to enlarge his kind.
      - Edmund Spenser

Naught under heaven so strongly doth allure the sense of man and all his mind possess, as beauty's love-bait.
      - Edmund Spenser

Ye tradeful merchants! that with weary toil,
  Do seek most precious things to make you gaine,
    And both the Indies of their treasures spoil;
      What needeth you to seek so far in vain?
        For lo! my love doth in herself contain
          All this world's riches that may far be found;
            If saphyrs, lo! her eyes be saphyrs plain;
              If rubies, lo! her lips be rubies sound;
                If pearls, her teeth be pearls, both pure and round;
                  If ivory, her forehead's ivory I ween;
                    If gold, her locks are finest gold on ground;
                      If silver, her fair hands are silver sheen;
                        But that which fairest is, but few behold,
                          Her mind, adorn'd with virtues manifold.
      - Edmund Spenser

For all that faire is, is by nature good;
  That is a signe to know the gentle blood.
      - Edmund Spenser,
        An Hymne in Honour of Beauty (l. 139)

Her face so faire, as flesh it seemed not,
  But heavenly pourtraict of bright angels' hew,
    Cleare as the skye withouten blame or blot,
      Through goodly mixture of complexion's dew.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (canto III, st. 22)

They seemed to whisper: "How handsome she is!
  What wavy tresses! what sweet perfume!
    Under her mantle she hides her wings;
      Her flower of a bonnet is just in bloom."
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman,
        Translation--Jean Prouvaire's Song at the Barricade

Beauties, whether male or female, are generally the most untractable people of all others.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Beauty has been the delight and torment of the world ever since it began. The philosophers have felt its influence so sensibly that almost every one of them has left some saying or other which intimates that he knew too well the power of it.
      - Sir Richard Steele

One of the old philosophers calls beauty a silent fraud, because it imposes upon us without the help of language. But I think Carneades spoke as much like a philosopher as any of them, though more like a lover, when he called it "royalty without force."
      - Sir Richard Steele

To give pain is the tyranny,--to make happy the true empire of beauty.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Beauty has so many charms, one knows not how to speak against it; and when it happens that a graceful figure is the habitation of a virtuous soul, when the beauty of the face speaks out the modesty and humility of the mind, and the justness of the proportion raises our thoughts up to the heart and wisdom of the great Creator, something may be allowed it,--and something to the embellishments which set it off; and yet, when the whole apology is read, it will be found at last that beauty, like truth, never is so glorious as when it goes the plainest.
      - Laurence Sterne

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

She wears a rose in her hair,
  At the twilight's dreamy close:
    Her face is fair,--how fair
      Under the rose!
      - Richard Henry Stoddard, Under the Rose

The human heart yearns for the beautiful in all ranks of life. The beautiful things that God makes are His gift to all alike. I know there are many of the poor who have fine feeling and a keen sense of the beautiful, which rusts out and dies because they are too hard pressed to procure it any gratification.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

A beautiful face is a silent recommendation.
  [Lat., Formosa facies muta commendatio est.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

A pleasing countenance is a silent commendation.
  [Lat., Fortuna facies muta commendatio est.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

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