ACET: Proverb of the week!!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
This proverb means that everybody has their own opinion of what or who is beautiful.
Nobody knows exactly where this proverb originated from. The following are a few earlier quotes:
“Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.”
‘Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye’.
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford who wrote many books:-
In Molly Bawn, 1878, there’s the line “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
Miss Piggy :-
‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.’
Sara: “I don’t understand how Lisa can find Dave attractive”.
Val: “Well, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.