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

For brilliancy, no gem compares with the eyes of a beautiful woman.
      - F. Burge Smith (Frances Irene Burge Smith Griswold)

Guns, swords, batteries, armies and ships of war are set in motion by man for the subjugation of an enemy. Women bring conquerors to their feet with the magic of their eyes.
      - Francis Hopkinson Smith

Speech is a laggard and a sloth; but the eyes shoot out electric fluid that condenses all the elements of sentiment and passion in one single emanation.
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield)

Her eye in silence hath a speech which eye best understands.
      - Robert Southwell

Long while I sought to what I might compare
  Those powerful eyes, which light my dark spirit;
    Yet found I nought on earth, to which I dare
      Resemble th' image of their goodly light
        Not to the sun, for they do shine by night;
          Nor to the moon, for they are changed never;
            Nor to the stars, for they have purer sight;
              Nor to the fire, for they consume not ever;
                Nor to the lightning, for they still persever;
                  Nor to the diamond, for they are more tender;
                    Nor unto crystal, for nought may they sever;
                      Nor unto glass, such baseness might offend her;
                        Then to the Maker's self the likest be;
                          Whose light doth lighten all that here we see.
      - Edmund Spenser

It is wonderful indeed to consider how many objects the eye is fitted to take in at once, and successively in an instant, and at the same time to make a judgment of their position, figure, and color. It watches against our dangers, guides our steps, and lets in all the visible objects, whose beauty and variety instruct and delight.
      - Sir Richard Steele

There is no end of affection taken in at the eyes only.
      - Sir Richard Steele

The eyes are the windows of a woman's heart; you may enter that a way!
      - Eugene Sue (Marie Joseph Eugene Sue)

The sight of you is good for sore eyes.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue I)

Were you the earth dear love, and I the skies
  My love would shine on you like to the sun
    And look upon you with ten thousand eyes
      Till heaven waxed blind and till the world were done.
      - Joshua Sylvester, Love's Omnipotence

The eye strays not while under the guidance of reason.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

Eyes not down-dropped nor over-bright, but fed with the clear-pointed flame of chastity.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Pure vestal thoughts in the translucent fane of her still spirit.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Her eyes are homes of silent prayer.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (XXXII)

A pair of bright eyes with a dozen glances suffice to subdue a man; to enslave him, and inflame; to make him even forget; they dazzle him so that the past becomes straightway dim to him; and he so prizes them that he would give all his life to possess them. What is the fond love of dearest friends compared to his treasure? Is memory as strong as expectancy, fruition as hunger, gratitude as desire?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

The Father of Heaven.
  Scoop, young Jesus, for her eyes,
    Wood-browned pools of Paradise--
      Young Jesus, for the eyes,
        For the eyes of Viola.
          Angels.
            Tint, Prince Jesus, a
              Dusked eye for Viola!
      - Francis Thompson, The Making of Viola
         (st. 2)

But optics sharp it needs, I ween,
  To see what is not to be seen.
      - John Trumbull (1), McFingal
         (canto I, l. 67)

The eye speaks with an eloquence and truthfulness surpassing speech. It is the window out of which the winged thoughts often fly unwittingly. It is the tiny magic mirror on whose crystal surface the moods of feeling fitfully play, like the sunlight and shadow on a still stream.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Love looketh from the eye, and kindleth love by looking.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

How blue were Ariadne's eyes
  When, from the sea's horizon line,
    At eve, she raised them on the skies!
      My Psyche, bluer far are thine.
      - Sir Aubrey de Vere, Psyche

I never saw an eye so bright,
  And yet so soft as hers;
    It sometimes swam in liquid light;
      And sometimes swam in tears;
        It seem'd a beauty set apart
          For softness and for signs.
      - Mrs. Amelia Ball Welby (nee Coppuck)

The eye observes only what the mind, the heart, and the imagination are gifted to see; and sight must be reinforced by insight before souls can be discerned as well as manners, ideas as well as objects, realities and relations as well as appearances and accidental connections.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Like a star glancing out from the blue of the sky!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

A lamp is lit in woman's eye; that souls, else lost on earth, remember angels by.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

His eye was blue and calm, as is the sky
  In the serenest noon.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis


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