Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder by artisandelimage

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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 found in print.

Nature Center ~ G-Wiz Children Museum ~ Sarasota ~ Florida ~ USA
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  • artsmitten
    artsmittenover 3 years ago

    amazing capture and details along with ! !! njoyed very much ,
    (though at first it gave me a shiver in spine …)

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Zolton
    Zoltonover 3 years ago

    Nice! We had pet tarantulas when I was a kid. ha ha

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 3 years ago


  • thank you anna !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Lynne Haselden
    Lynne Haseldenover 3 years ago


  • thank you lynne !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 3 years ago

    Oui la photo est superbe… mais l’engin me terrifie !!!

  • moi aussi ! dire que j’etais a quelques centimetres du “monstre”…
    merci infiniment dominique !
    sincerement, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago


  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Gives me the shivers……. but still a beautiful creature, excellent detail, looks great on the hand :o)

  • thank you josie !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 3 years ago

    Great work

  • thank you joy !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...over 3 years ago

    I hate spiders, however if I look at them long enough the are quiet Beautiful,
    Dangers maybe? Dow not as deadly as some humans!!

  • indeed hans !
    thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 3 years ago

    Now that’s a creepy crawly thing.. I had a roommate at college who shook her boots out one morning and one of these crawled out… Needless to say we were not thrilled… Nice capture though!

  • thank you mary !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

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