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:
“…as 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 David 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 (née 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 not found in print. For more information on the silvereye please visit my journal entry.
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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder!
Little Boy Lost has been the most popular of the little Silvereyes with 793 views. This little chap was one of the very first of my series of Silvereye images to appear on Red Bubble in July this year. It is one of the reasons why I fell in love with photography and wanted to find somewhere on the internet where I could share these little bundles of character clad in their olive green, brown and cream with the world. Their perfect eyeliner gives forming a white ring around the eyes which adds so much more character to their little faces. Thank you to all the bubbler’s who have placed the many wonderful comments and who have favored little boy lost.