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Nature cuts queer capers with men's phizzes' at times; and confounds all the deductions of philosophy. Character does not put all its goods, sometimes not any of them, in its shop-window.
      - William Matthews

Human face divine.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 44)

In her face excuse
  Came prologue, and apology too prompt.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 853)

You have your face bare; I am all face.
  [Fr., Vous avez bien la face desouverte; moi je suis tout face.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (vol. I, ch XXXV),
        answer of a naked beggar who was asked whether he was not cold

In vain we fondly strive to trace
  The soul's reflection in the face;
    In vain we dwell on lines and crosses,
      Crooked mouths and short probosces;
        Boobies have looked as wise and bright
          As Plato and the Stagyrite
            And many a sage and learned skull
              Has peeped through windows dark and dull.
      - Thomas Moore

Cheek . . .
  Flushing white and mellow'd red;
    Gradual tints, as when there glows
      In snowy milk the bashful rose.
      - Thomas Moore, Odes of Anacreon--Ode XV
         (l. 27)

With faces like dead lovers who died true.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        Indian Summer

Often a silent face has voice and words.
  [Lat., Saepe tacens vocem verbaque vultus habet.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, 574)

Two similar faces, neither of which alone causes laughter, use laughter when they are together, by their resemblance.
      - Blaise Pascal

If to her share some female errors fall
  Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto II, l. 17)

The features of our face are hardly more than gestures which have become permanent.
      - Marcel Proust

A beloved face cannot grow ugly, because, not flesh and complexion, but expression, created love.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

There remains in the faces of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and, later, an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

There are quantities of human faces, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
      - Rainer Marie Rilke

A face which is always serene possesses a mysterious and powerful attraction: sad hearts come to it as to the sun to warm themselves again.
      - Joseph Roux

A sweet attractive kinde of grace,
  A full assurance given by lookes,
    Continuall comfort in a face
      The lineaments of Gospell bookes.
      - Matthew Roydon,
        Elegie: or a Friend's Passion for his Astrophill

No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be effort, and the law of human judgment mercy.
      - John Ruskin

True beauty is in the mind; and the expression of the features depends more upon the moral nature than most persons are accustomed to think.
      - Frederick Saunders

A noble soul spreads even over a face in which the architectonic beauty is wanting an irresistible grace, and a often even triumphs over the natural disfavor.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

His face was of that doubtful kind,
  That wins the eye but not the mind.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Those faces which have charmed us most escape us the soonest.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Sea of upturned faces.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy
         (vol. II, ch. XX)

On his bold visage middle age
  Had slightly press'd its signet sage,
    Yet had not quenched the open truth
      And fiery vehemence of youth;
        Forward and frolic glee was there,
          The will to do, the soul to dare.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto I, pt. XXI)

God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
      - William Shakespeare

In thy face I see the map of honor, truth, and loyalty.
      - William Shakespeare

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