“Of Beauty” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“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.

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