Faces

A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life
There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures. ~Sir Thomas Browne
I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. ~Author Unknown
I have never been aware before how many faces there are. There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum
An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy…. One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~Victor Hugo
A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. ~Oscar Wilde
It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many millions of faces, there should be none alike. ~Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. ~William Shakespeare
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. ~Cicero
My daddy’s face is a study. Winter moves into it and presides there. His eyes become a cliff of snow threatening to avalanche, his eyebrows bend like black limbs of leafless trees. His skin takes on the pale cheerless yellow of winter sun; for a jaw he has the edges of a snowbound field dotted with stubble; his high forehead is the frozen sweep of the Erie. ~Toni Morrison
It matters more what’s in a woman’s face than what’s on it. ~Claudette Colbert, quoted in Kindling the Spirit by Lois P. Frankel
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. ~Lauren Bacall
After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies. ~Cynthia Ozick, The Paris Review

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