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Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face,
  And find delight writ there with beauty's pen;
    Examine every several lineament,
 * * * * *
And what obscur'd in this fair volume lies,
  Find written in the margin of his eyes.
      - William Shakespeare

Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
  Bears a command in it; tho' thy tackle's torn,
    Thou showest a noble vessel.
      - William Shakespeare

Though men can cover crimes with bold, stern looks, poor women's faces are their own faults' books.
      - William Shakespeare

All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Menas at II, vi)

Say, what's thy name?
  Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
    Bears a command in't; though thy tackle's torn,
      Thou show'st a noble vessel. What's thy name?
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Aufidius at IV, v)

A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Horatio at I, ii)

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, i)

Laertes, was your father dear to you?
  Or are you like the painting of a sorrow,
    A face without a heart?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV,vii)

Proud prelate, in thy face
  I see thy fury. If I longer stay,
    We shall begin our ancient bickerings.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Gloucester at I, i)

Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain:
  I have seen better faces in my time
    Than stands on any shoulder that I see
      Before me at this instant.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Kent at II, ii)

There's no art
  To find the mind's construction in the face.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Duncan, King of Scotland at I, iv)

Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men
  May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
      Your hand, your tongue; look like th' innocent flower,
        But be the serpent under't.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Lady Macbeth at I, v)

Why, what's the matter
  That you have such a February face,
    So full of frost, of storm, and cloudiness?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (Pedro at V, iv)

Why, what's the matter
  That you have such a February face,
    So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (Pedro at V,iv)

Go thither, and with unattainted eye
  Compare her face with some that I shall show,
    And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Benvolio at I, ii)

Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn
  When beauty lived and died as flowers do now,
    Before these bastard signs of fair were born
      Or durst inhabit on a living brow; . . .
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXVIII

There is a fellow somewhat near the door, he should be a brazier by his face, for o' my conscience twenty of the dog-days now reign in's nose.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Porter's man at V, iv)

Not the entrance of a cathedral, not the sound of a passing bell, not the furs of a magistrate, nor the sables of a funeral, were fraught with half the solemnity of face!
      - William Shenstone

An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
        School for Scandal (act IV, sc. 1)

A sweet expression is the highest type of female loveliness.
      - Jerome Van Crowninshield Smith

Truth makes the face of that person shine who speaks and owns it.
      - Bishop Robert South

Her cheek like apples which the sun had ruddied.
      - Edmund Spenser

Her angel's face
  As the great eye of heaven, shyned bright,
    And made a sunshine in the shady place.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. I, canto III, st. 4)

Doubtless the human face is the grandest of all mysteries; yet fixed on canvas it can hardly tell of more than one sensation; no struggle, no successive contrasts accessible to dramatic art, can painting give, as neither time nor motion exists for her.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

The face of a woman, whatever be the force or extent of her mind, whatever be the importance of the object she pursues, is always an obstacle or a reason in the story of her life.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

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