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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Beauty
 
A fair face may be a foul bargain.  1
A fair face may hide a foul heart.  2
A fair face is half a portion.  3
A fair face will get its praise though the owner keep silent.  Danish.  4
A pretty face is as good as a drummer.  German.  5
A pretty face is half a dowry.  German.  6
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.  Keats.  7
All orators are dumb when beauty pleadeth.  Shakespeare.  8
All that’s fair must fade.  Italian.  9
Beauties without fortune have sweethearts plenty but husbands none at all.  10
Beauty and charity have always a mortal quarrel between them.  11
Beauty and folly are often companions.  French, Italian.  12
Beauty and folly are sisters.  German.  13
Beauty and understanding go rarely together.  German.  14
Beauty blemished once forever’s lost.  Shakespeare.  15
Beauty carries its dower in its face.  Danish.  16
Beauty comes not by forcing.  Turkish.  17
Beauty doth varnish age.  Shakespeare.  18
Beauty draws more than oxen.  19
Beauty draws us with a single hair.  Pope.  20
Beauty in the unworthy is poison in a casket of gold.  Tamil.  21
Beauty is a frail advantage.  Ovid.  22
Beauty is a good letter of introduction.  German.  23
Beauty is a witch against whose charms faith melteth into blood.  Shakespeare.  24
Beauty is as good as ready money.  German.  25
Beauty is but dross if honesty be lost.  Dutch.  26
Beauty is but skin deep.  27
Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder.  Zimmerman.  28
Beauty is no inheritance.  29
Beauty is one of God’s gifts.  Lewes.  30
Beauty is potent but money is more potent.  31
Beauty is the eye’s food and the soul’s sorrow.  German.  32
Beauty is the subject of a blemish.  33
Beauty is the wife’s best dowry.  34
Beauty is truth, truth beauty.  Keats.  35
Beauty lives with kindness.  Shakespeare.  36
Beauty may have fair leaves but bitter fruit.  37
Beauty opens locked doors.  German.  38
Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.  39
Beauty—the fading rainbow’s pride.  Halleck.  40
Beauty vanishes, virtue endures.  German.  41
Beauty will buy no beef.  42
Beauty without bounty avails not.  43
Beauty without modesty is infamous.  German.  44
Beauty without understanding is vain talk.  German.  45
Beauty without virtue is a curse.  46
Beauty without virtue is a rose without fragrance.  German, Danish.  47
Beauty’s tears are lovelier than her smiles.  Campbell.  48
Good looks buy nothing in the market.  49
Health and wealth create beauty.  50
 
 
How goodness brightens beauty.  Hannah Moore.  51
It is not the greatest beauties that inspire the most profound passion.  French.  52
Man cannot divide beauty into dollars.  Polish.  53
One cannot live on beauty.  German.  54
One does not put beauty in the kettle.  German.  55
Over the greatest beauty hangs the greatest ruin.  56
She that is born a beauty is half married.  57
She who is born a beauty is born betrothed.  Italian.  58
She who is born handsome is born married.  59
The beautiful are never desolate, but some one always loves them.  Bailey.  60
The beautiful is always true.  French.  61
The beetle is a beauty in the eyes of its mother.  African.  62
The very autumn of a form once fine retains its beauties.  Euripides.  63
We seize the beautiful and reject the useful.  La Fontaine.  64
Without the smile from partial beauty won,
Say what were man? a world without a sun.
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