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FACE
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[ Also see Beauty Countenance Dimples Expression Eyes Head Mouth Noses Physiognomy Smiles Women ]

Some women's faces are, in their brightness, a prophecy; and some, in their sadness, a history.
      - Charles Dickens

A girl of eighteen imagines the feelings behind the face that has moved her with its sympathetic youth as easily as primitive people imagined the humors of the gods in fair weather. What is she to believe in if not in this vision woven from within?
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

What furniture can give such finish to a room as a tender woman's face? And is there any harmony of tints that has such stirring of delight as the sweet modulation of her voice?
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

A good face is the best letter of recommendation.
      - Elizabeth I

A man finds room in a few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are faces so fluid with expression, so flushed and rippled by the play of thought, that we can hardly find what the mere features really are. When the delicious beauty of lineament loses its power, it is because a more delicious beauty has appeared, that an interior and durable form has been disclosed.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Often a noble face hides filthy ways.
      - Euripides

Her face, all red and white, like the inside of a shoulder of mutton.
      - Samuel Foote, The Knights (act I)

Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
  The day's disasters in his morning face.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 199)

Now and then one sees a face which has kept its smile pure and undefiled. It is a woman's face usually; often a face which has trace of great sorrow all over it, till the smile breaks. Such a smile transfigures: such a smile, if the artful but knew it, is the greatest weapon a face can have.
      - Helen Hunt (Helen Hunt Jackson)

Her face betokened all things dear and good,
  The light of somewhat yet to come was there
    Asleep, and waiting for the opening day,
      When childish thoughts, like flowers would drift away.
      - Jean Ingelow, Margaret in the Xebec
         (st. 57)

How some they have died, and some they have left me,
  And some are taken from me; all are departed;
    All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        The Old Familiar Faces

Faces are as legible as books, only with these circumstances to recommend them to our perusal, that they are read in much less time, and are much less likely to deceive us.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The countenance is more eloquent than the tongue.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The worst of faces still is human.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

A face that had a story to tell. How different faces are in this particular! Some of them speak not. They are books in which not a line is written, save perhaps a date.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. I, ch. IV)

These faces in the mirrors
  Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Masque of Pandora
         (pt. II, The House of Epimetheus, l. 72)

The light upon her face
  Shines from the windows of another world.
    Saints only have such faces.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Michael Angelo
         (pt. II, 6)

Oh! could you view the melody
  Of every grace,
    And music of her face,
      You'd drop a tear,
        Seeing more harmony
          In her bright eye,
            Than now you hear.
      - Richard Lovelace, Orpheus to Beasts
         (st. 2)

Time draweth wrinkles in a fair face, but addeth fresh colors to a fast friend, which neither heat, nor cold, nor misery, nor place, nor destiny, can alter or diminish.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie)

What a man is lies as certainly upon his countenance as in his heart, though none of his acquaintances may be able to read it. The very intercourse with him may have rendered it more difficult.
      - George MacDonald

In youth, the artless index of the mind.
      - Horace Mann

Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
  And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
    Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.--
      Her lips suck forth my soul; see, where it flies!--
      - Christopher Marlowe, Faustus

His face was filled with broken commandments.
      - John Masefield

A face like nestling luxury of flowers.
      - Gerald Massey


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