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EYES
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[ Also see Beauty Blindness Countenance Expression Face Head Inquisitiveness Light Observation Perception Physiognomy Sight Vision ]

Ahab cast a covetous eye at Naboth's vineyard, David a lustful eye at Bathsheba. The eye is the pulse of the soul; as physicians judge of the heart by the pulse, so we by the eye; a rolling eye, a roving heart. The good eye keeps minute time, and strikes when it should; the lustful, crochet-time, and so puts all out of tune.
      - Thomas Adams

A beautiful eye makes silence eloquent, a kind eye makes contradiction an assent, an enraged eye makes beauty deformed. This little member gives life to every other part about us; and I believe the story of Argus implies no more than that the eye is in every part; that is to say, every other part would be mutilated were not its force represented more by the eye than even by itself.
      - Joseph Addison

Love, anger, pride and avarice all visibly move in those little orbs.
      - Joseph Addison

That fine part of our construction, the eye, seems as much the receptacle and seat of our passions as the mind itself; and at least it is the outward portal to introduce them to the house within, or rather the common thoroughfare to let our affections pass in and out.
      - Joseph Addison

The intelligence of affection is carried on by the eye only; good-breeding has made the tongue falsify the heart, and act a part of continued restraint, while nature has preserved the eyes to herself, that she may not be disguised or misrepresented.
      - Joseph Addison

The eyes have a property in things and territories not named in any title-deeds, and are the owners of our choicest possessions.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

In her eyes a thought
  Grew sweeter and sweeter, deepening like the dawn,
    A mystical forewarning.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Pythagoras

The eyes are the amulets of the mind.
      - William R. Alger

A gray eye is a sly eye,
  And roguish is a brown one;
    Turn full upon me thy eye,--
      Ah, how its wavelets drown one!
        A blue eye is a true eye;
          Mysterious is a dark one,
            Which flashes like a spark-sun!
              A black eye is the best one.
      - William R. Alger,
        Oriental Poetry--Mirtsa Schaffy on Eyes

Satan turned Eve's eye to the apple, Achan's eye to the wedge of gold, Ahab's eye to Naboth's vineyard, and then what work did he make with them!
      - Joseph Alleine

A wanton eye is a messenger of an unchaste heart.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

There are whole veins of diamonds in thine eyes,
  Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of earth.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Drawing Room)

The eye is the inlet to the soul, and it is well to beware of him whose visual organs avoid your honest regard.
      - Hosea Ballou

Ah! the soft starlight of virgin eyes.
      - Honore de Balzac

Look babies in your eyes, my pretty sweet one.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Loyal Subject

When there is love in the heart there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.
      - Max Beerbohm

If the eye were so acute as to rival the finest microscope, and to discern the smallest hair upon the leg of a gnat, it would be a curse, and not a blessing to us; it would make all things appear rugged and deformed; the most finely polished crystal would be uneven and rough; the sight of our own selves would affright us; the smoothest skin would be beset all over with rugged scales and bristly hair.
      - Richard Bentley

He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XXXII, v. 10)

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XV, v. 52)

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 22)

Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 24)

Thy neck is a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.
      - Bible, Song of Solomon (ch. VII, v. 4)

The night has a thousand eyes,
  And the day but one;
    Yet the light of the bright world dies
      With the dying sun.
        The mind has a thousand eyes,
          And the heart but one:
            Yet the light of a whole life dies
              When love is done.
      - Francis William Bourdillon,
        The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

None but those who have loved can be supposed to understand the oratory of the eye, the mute eloquence of a look, or the conversational powers of the face. Love's sweetest meanings are unspoken; the full heart knows no rhetoric of words, and resorts to the pantomime of sighs and glances.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee


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