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O, if so much beauty doth reveal
  Itself in every vein of life and nature,
    How beautiful must be the Source itself,
      The Ever Bright One.
      - Esaias Tegner

You may keep your beauty and your health, unless you destroy them yourself, or discourage them to stay with you, by using them ill.
      - Sir William Temple

Half light, half shade, she stood a sight to make an old man young.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

A daughter of the gods, divinely tall,
  And most divinely fair.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Dream of Fair Women
         (st. 22)

Is beauty beautiful, or is it only our eyes that make it so?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Keats spoke for all time when he said, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Beauty is a delightful prejudice.
      - Theocritus

How should I gauge what beauty is her dole,
  Who cannot see her countenance for her soul,
    As birds see not the casement for the sky?
      And as 'tis check they prove its presence by,
        I know not of her body till I find
          My flight debarred the heaven of her mind.
      - Francis Thompson, Her Portrait (st. 9)

Whose body other ladies well might bear
  As soul,--yea, which it profanation were
    For all but you to take as fleshy woof,
      Being spirit truest proof.
      - Francis Thompson, Manus Animam Pinxit
         (st. 3)

Whose form is as a grove
  Hushed with the cooing of an unseen dove.
      - Francis Thompson, Manus Animam Pinxit
         (st. 3)

Thoughtless of beauty, she was Beauty's self.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Autumn
         (l. 209)

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

There is more or less of pathos in all true beauty. The delight it awakens has an indefinable, and, as it were, luxurious sadness, which is perhaps one element of its might.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Affect not to despise beauty, no one is freed from its dominion; but regard is not a pearl of price, it is fleeting as the bow in the clouds.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

All the beauty of the world, 'tis but skin deep.
      - Ralph Venning,
        Orthodoxe Paradoxes--The Triumph of Assurance
         (p. 41)

Even virtue is more fair when it appears in a beautiful person.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Trust not too much to beauty.
  [Lat., Nimium ne crede colori.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclogae (II, 17)

Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person.
  [Lat., Gratior ac pulchro veniens in corpore virtus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 344)

And as pale sickness does invade
  Your frailer part, the breaches made
    In that fair lodging still more clear
      Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.
      - Edmund Waller, A la Malade

The yielding marble of her snowy breast.
      - Edmund Waller,
        On a Lady Passing Through A Crowd of People

The contemplation of beauty in nature, in art, in literature, in human character, diffuses through our being a soothing and subtle joy, by which the heart's anxious and aching cares are softly smiled away.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Few have borne unconsciously the spell of loveliness.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Oh, talk as we may of beauty as a thing to be chiselled from marble or wrought out on canvas, speculate as we may upon its colors and outlines, what is it but an intellectual abstraction, after all? The heart feels a beauty of another kind; looking through the outward environment, it discovers a deeper and more real love-liness.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

The good is always beautiful, the beautiful is good!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

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