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Large eyes were admired in Greece, where they still prevail. They are the finest of all when they have the internal look, which is not common. The stag or antelope eye of the Orientals is beautiful and lamping, but is accused of looking skittish and indifferent. "The epithet of 'stag-eyed,'" says Lady Wortley Montgu, speaking of a Turkish love-song, "pleases me extremely; and I think it a very lively image of the fire and indifference in his mistress' eye."
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Little eyes must be good-tempered or they are ruined. They have no other resource. But this will beautify them enough. They are made for laughing, and, should do their duty.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

We lose in depth of expression when we go to inferior animals for comparisons with human beauty. Homer calls Juno ox-eyed; and the epithet suits well with the eyes of that goddess, because she may be supposed, with all her beauty, to want a certain humanity. Her large eyes look at you with a royal indifference.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

What a soul, twenty fathom deep, in her eyes!
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

The balls of sight are so formed that one man's eyes are spectacles to another to read his heart with.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

All the gazers on the skies read not in fair heaven's story expresser truth or truer glory than they might in her bright eyes.
      - Ben Jonson

Women's glances express what they dare not speak.
      - Alphonse Karr (Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

Hell trembles at a heaven-directed eye.
      - Bishop Thomas Ken (Kenn)

Eyes that droop like summer flowers.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

The heart's hushed secret in the soft dark eye.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Who has a daring eye tells downright truths and downright lies.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Dark eyes--eternal soul of pride!
  Deep life in all that's true!
    . . . .
      Away, away to other skies!
        Away o'er seas and sands!
          Such eyes as those were never made
            To shine in other lands.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland, Callirhoe

Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

I have neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak but as the constitution is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am.
      - William Lenthal (Lenthall),
        said to Charles I as quoted by Wendell Phillips in "Uuder the Flag", Boston

The eye of Paul Pry often finds more than he wished to find.
  [Ger., Der Blick des Forschers fand
    Nicht selten mehr, als er zu finden wunschte.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Weise
         (II, 8)

As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.
      - Abraham Lincoln,
        said to South Carolina Commissioners

Persuasive, yet denying eyes, all eloquent with language of their own.
      - John Locke (1)

And thy deep eyes, amid the gloom,
  Shine like jewels in a shroud.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. IV)

The flash of his keen, blank eyes
  Forerunning the thunder.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. IV)

I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star. Those only are beautiful which, like the planets, have a steady, lambent light,--are luminous, but not sparking.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. III, ch. IV)

O lovely eyes of azure,
  Clear as the waters of a brook that run
    Limpid and laughing in the summer sun!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora (pt. I)

Within her tender eye
  The heaven of April, with its changing light.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spirit of Poetry

Flaw-seeing eyes, like needle points.
      - James Russell Lowell

Since your eyes are so sharpe, that you cannot onely looke through a milstone, but cleane through the minde.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie),
        Euphues and his England (p. 289)

Those true eyes
  Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise
    The sweet soul shining through them.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto II, st. 3)

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