Sunday, April 25, 2010

What does ';beauty is in the eye of the beholder';mean?

what does ';beauty is in the eye of the beholder';mean?What does ';beauty is in the eye of the beholder';mean?
it means that it means that beauty is subjective, that whether something is beautiful or not is up to the individual person, or the one doing the looking.

just because one may think someone is beautiful, doesn;t mean the next will think the same.What does ';beauty is in the eye of the beholder';mean?

Literal meaning


This saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn't appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there were various written forms that expressed much the same thought. In 1588, the English dramatist John Lyly, in his Euphues and his England, wrote:

'; neere is Fancie to Beautie, as the pricke to the Rose, as the stalke to the rynde, as the earth to the roote.';

Shakespeare expressed a similar sentiment in Love's Labours Lost, 1588:

Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean,

Needs not the painted flourish of your praise:

Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,

Not utter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues

Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741, wrote:

Beauty, like supreme dominion

Is but supported by opinion

beauty is in the eye of the beholderDavid Hume's Essays, Moral and Political, 1742, include:

';Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.';

The person who is widely credited with coining the saying in its current form is Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (n茅e Hamilton), who wrote many books, often under the pseudonym of 'The Duchess'. In Molly Bawn, 1878, there's the line ';Beauty is in the eye of the beholder';, which is the earliest citation of it that I can find in print.


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Williams Melendez from Venezuela

There is a proverb that says: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it is true. This means that something or someone is beautiful, depending on the person who is looking.

For example, if my child draws a picture, using many colors and asymmetrical lines, and writes down, ';Dad, I love you';, I think that it is beautiful. But if another person looks at the picture, he may think, ';It's good, but my son drew a better picture.';

Another example is in art. If I look at a painting by a famous artist, it is possible that I can't understand it and think it's ugly, but if another person such as a famous painter sees it, he will surely say that it is beautiful.

I think people judge beauty just in relationship to themselves. If I wear casual clothes to my job, the people who like wearing formal clothes might say that I look ugly.

Another proverb says: Love is blind. An example is between persons. If I like a girl and fall in love with her, for me she is beautiful; but for another man she can be unattractive. I remember the end of the movie, Planet of Apes. When Charlton Heston kissed an ape, she (the ape) told him that she accepted him, but thought he was ugly.

True, beauty opens locked doors. Many people look for external beauty, and they forget about feelings. But in the end, when the beauty is over, the same doors will be closed.
Every person has their own definition of beauty.

For example, I have no idea how scarlet johanson got voted Maxim's #1 sexiest celeb or why people think Mariah Carey is hot.

but then again, I think Penelope Cruz and leelee sobieski are hot, and a lot of people disagree with me
Basically it means that everyone has a beautful side, and the person who is with that person finds what is nice about them even though the whole world may disagree. A person could have no legs and no arms but their lover finds them beutifull in their own way.

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