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The best thing in him
  Is his complexion; and faster than his tongue
    Did make offense, his eye did heal it up.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Phebe at III, v)

Thou tell'st me there is murder in mine eye;
  'Tis pretty, sure, and very probable,
    That eyes, that are the frail'st and softest things,
      Who shut their coward gates on atomies,
        Should be called tyrants, butchers, murderers.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Phebe at III, v)

See what a grace was seated on this brow:
  Hyperion's curls, the front of Jove himself,
    An eye like Mars, to threaten and command,
      A station like the herald Mercury
        New lighted on a heaven-kissing hill--
          A combination and a form indeed
            Where every god did seem to set his seal
              To give the world assurance of a man.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, iv)

Patience and sorrow strove
  Who should express her goodliest. You have seen
    Sunshine and rain at once--her smiles and tears
      Were like, a better way: those happy smilets
        That played on her ripe lip seemed not to know
          What guests were in her eyes, which parted thence
            As pearls from diamonds dropped.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Gentleman at IV, iii)

It adds a precious seeing to the eye:
  A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind.
    A lover's ear will hear the lowest sound,
      When the suspicious head of theft is stopped.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at IV, iii)

Now, for not looking on a woman's face,
  You have in that forsworn the use of eyes,
    And study too, the causer of your vow;
      For where in any author in the world
        Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye?
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at IV, iii)

I have a good eye, uncle; I can see a church by daylight.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Beatrice at II, i)

Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,
  Misprizing what they look on; and her wit
    Values itself so highly that to her
      All matter else seems weak.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (Hero at III, i)

Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
  Than twenty of their swords!
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at II, ii)

The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
  As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
    Would through the airy region stream so bright
      That birds would sing and think it were not night.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at II, ii)

If I could write the beauty of your eyes
  And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
    The age to come would say, 'This poet lies--
      Such heavenly touches ne'er touched earthly faces.'
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVII

The image of a wicked heinous fault
  Lives in his eye.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Pembroke at IV, ii)

In Belmont is a lady richly left;
  And she is fair, and fairer than that word,
    Of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her eyes
      I did receive fair speechless messages.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at I, ii)

I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond. Thou hast the right arched beauty of the brow that becomes the ship-tire, the tire-valiant, or any tire of Venetian admittance.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at III, iii)

Her eyes, like marigolds, had sheathed their light,
  And canopied in darkened sweetly lay
    Till they might open to adorn the day.
      - William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
         (l. 397)

Full fathom five thy father lies;
  Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes;
      Both of him that doth fade
        But doth suffer a sea-change
          Into something rich and strange.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel's song at I, ii)

Not for because
  Your brows are blacker. Yet black brows, they say,
    Become some women best, so that there be not
      Too much hair there, but in a semicircle,
        Or a half-moon made with a pen.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Mamillius at II, i)

The night of sorrow now is turned to day:
  Her two blue windows faintly she upheaveth,
    Like the fair sun when in his fresh array
      He cheers the morn and all the earth relieveth;
        And as the bright sun glorifies the sky,
          So is her face illumined with her eye; . . .
      - William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
         (l. 481)

Were never four such lamps together mixed,
  Had not his clouded with his brow's repine;
    But hers, which through the crystal tears gave light,
      Shone like the moon in water seen by night.
      - William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
         (l. 489)

Thine eyes are like the deep, blue, boundless heaven
  Contracted to two circles underneath
    Their long, fine lashes; dark, far, measureless,
      Orb within orb, and line through line inwoven.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
         (act II, sc. 1)

Think ye by gazing on each other's eyes
  To multiply your lovely selves?
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
         (act VI, sc. 4)

So when thou saw'st in nature's cabinet
  Stella thou straight'st look'st babies in her eyes.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        Astrophel and Stella

There is a lore simple and sure, that asks no discipline of weary years--the language of the soul, told through the eye.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

But have ye not heard this,
  How an one-eyed man is
    Well sighted when
      He is among blind men?
      - John Skelton, Why come ye not to Courte?,
        writing about Wolsey

Somebody once observed--and the observation did him credit, whoever he was--that the dearest things in the world were neighbors' eyes, for they cost everybody more than anything else contributing to housekeeping.
      - Albert Smith

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