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[ Also see Beauty Countenance Eyes Face ]

Every passion gives a particular cast to the countenance, and is apt to discover itself in some feature or other. I have seen an eye curse for half an hour together, and an eyebrow call a man a scoundrel.
      - Joseph Addison

Children are marvelously and intuitively correct physiognomists. The youngest of them exhibit this trait.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

The scope of an intellect is not to be measured with a tape-string, or a character deciphered from the shape or length of a nose.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

What is love at first sight but a proof of the powerful but silent language of physiognomy.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

As the language of the face is universal, so 'tis very comprehensive; no laconism can reach it; 'tis the short-hand of the mind, and crowds a great deal in a little room.
      - Jeremy Collier

People's opinions of themselves are legible in their countenances.
      - Jeremy Collier

There is a certain physiognomy in manners.
      - Joseph Cook

These flattering mirrors reflect imperfectly what is within; the countenance is often a gay deceiver. What defects of mind lie hidden under its beauty! What fair exteriors conceal base souls!
      - Pierre Corneille

There is nothing truer than physiognomy, taken in connection with manner.
      - Charles Dickens

The language of the face is not taught by the schools; it is intuitive, and to the observant is always legible.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

The tongue is more easily controlled than the features of the face; and though the heart may be secret, the face is transparent.
      - Helen Hunt (Helen Hunt Jackson)

Nature never writes a blind hand.
      - Thomas Starr King

What knowledge is there of which man is capable that is not founded on the exterior,--the relation that exists between visible and invisible, the perceptible and the imperceptible?
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The distinguishing characters of the face and the lineaments of the body grow more plain and visible with time and age; but the peculiar physiognomy of the mind is most discernible in children.
      - John Locke (1)

Physiognomy is often a great falsifier, though as a rule it is honest enough.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller)

It is believed that physiognomy is only a simple development of the features already marked out by nature. It is my opinion, however, that in addition to this development, the features come insensibly to be formed and assume their shape from the frequent and habitual expression of certain affections of the soul. These affections are marked on the countenance; nothing is more certain than this; and when they turn into habits, they must leave on it durable impressions.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is no art whereby to find the mind's construction in the face.
      - William Shakespeare

The unsuitableness of one man's aspect to another man's fancy has raised such aversion as has produced a perfect hatred of him.
      - Bishop Robert South

A wise man will find us to be rogues by our faces.
      - Jonathan Swift

We are all of us more or less active physiognomists.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Spite of Lavater, faces are oftentimes great lies. They are the paper money of society, for which, on demand, there frequently proves to be no gold in the human coffer.
      - F.G. Trafford (pseudonym of Charlotte Eliza Lawson)

The scope of an, intellect is not to be measured by inches in a man's face.
      - Benjamin West

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