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There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Of Beauty

VIRTUE is like a rich stone, best plain set; and surely virtue is best, in a body that is comely, though not of delicate features; and that hath rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect. Neither is it almost seen, that very beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue; as if nature were rather busy, not to err, than in labor to produce excellency. And therefore they prove accomplished, but not of great spirit; and study rather behavior, than virtue. But this holds not always: for Augustus Caesar, Titus Vespasianus, Philip le Belle of France, Edward the Fourth of England, Alcibiades of Athens, Ismael the Sophy of Persia, were all high and great spirits; and yet the most beautiful men of their times. In beauty, that of favor, is more than that of color; and that of decent and gracious motion, more than that of favor. That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express; no, nor the first sight of the life. There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. A man cannot tell whether Apelles, or Albert Durer, were the more trifler; whereof the one, would make a personage by geometrical proportions; the other, by taking the best parts out of divers faces, to make one excellent. Such personages, I think, would please nobody, but the painter that made them. Not but I think a painter may make a better face than ever was; but he must do it by a kind of felicity (as a musician that maketh an excellent air in music), and not by rule. A man shall see faces, that if you examine them part by part, you shall find never a good; and yet altogether do well. If it be true that the principal part of beauty is in decent motion, certainly it is no marvel, though persons in years seem many times more amiable; pulchrorum autumnus pulcher; for no youth can be comely but by pardon, and considering the youth, as to make up the comeliness. Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt, and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but yet certainly again, if it light well, it maketh virtue shine, and vices blush.

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Marissa La Faye Isolde
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Over the years, I have developed the philosophy of not deciding whether I find a person (man or woman) hansom or beautiful etc., until I see their face in motion. I especially wait to see the way in which one smiles, because--there are all kinds of ways in which person smiles.
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Ah, that explains my strange, unnatural beauty...

Sanity is not statistical
Jimbob
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OF BEAUTY XLIII. by Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set;
and surely virtue is best in a body that is comely,
though not of delicate features; and that hath
rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect;
neither is it almost seen, that very beautiful persons
are otherwise of great virtue; as if nature
were rather busy not to err, than in labour to produce
excellency; and therefore they prove accomplished,
but not of great spirit; and study rather behaviour,
than virtue. But this holds not always:
for Augustus Ceesar, Titus Vespasianus,
Philip le Belle of France, Edward the Fourth of England,
Alcibiades of Athens, Ismael, the sophy of Perisa
.
were all high and great spirits, and yet the most beautiful men
of their times. In beauty, that of favour, is more than that of colour;
and that of decent and gracious motion, more than that of favour.
That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express; no,
nor the first sight of the life. There is no excellent beauty,
that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
A man cannot tell whether
Apelles or Albert Durer were the more trifler; whereof the one
would make a personage by geometrical proportions:
the other by taking the best parts out of divers faces,
to make one excellent. Such personages, I think,
would please nobody but the painter that made them:
not but I think a painter may make a better face than ever was;
but he must do it by a kind of felicity,
(as a musician that maketh an excellent air in music,) and not by rule.
A man shall see faces, that, if you examine them part by part,
you shall find never a good; and yet altogether do well.
If it be true, that the principal part of beauty,
is in decent motion, certainly it is no marvel,
though persons in years seem many times more amiable;
"pulchrorum autumnus pulcher;"
for no youth can be comely but by pardon, and considering the youth as to make up the comeliness.
Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt, and cannot last;
and, for the most part, it makes a dissolute youth,
and an age a little out of countenance;
but yet certainly again, if it light well,
it maketh virtues shine, and vices blush.
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:) :P
I see, therefor I am, and I perceive, in the arrangements of worldly things, Whether it be nature, an improvement upon an improvement or its own originality, do I find beauty for its truth and sometimes novelty. Although through youthful Eyes perhaps more so. 'Genius' which is in a "beautiful mind", on the other hand is applauded more so long after the novelty of the mediocre are forgotten. However excellence to obtain beauty, for instance a Musician composing a beautiful Masterpiece, may it be his, less than happy Vice (sour grapes), turned out to be his best, and most moving Virtue.



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