“Of Beauty” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
- Virtue looks best in a nice body, not too delicate, but dignified in presence rather than aspect
- Virtue is more in practice than in great spirit
- There are many famous men held in high regard but also very good-looking: Augustus, Philip le Bel, Edward IV, etc.
- Beauty of favor is greater than color &, decent & gracious motion are greater than favor
- This is what’s best about beauty
- The best beauty has a bit of strangeness. You could go around collecting the best parts of people & put them together & it wouldn’t be quite right
- A real beauty has a bit of age. A summer fruit is easily corrupted & won’t last. Once slightly past this is when real beauty shows.