Posted by ESC on April 23, 2003
In Reply to: Beauty is as Beauty Does? posted by Brenda on April 23, 2003
: : What does this mean??:
: : That what beautiful people do is "beautiful"? Sort of a halo effect? If a "star" wears a fashion, is it therefore "the next big thing"?
: : Or,
: : Is it that when you do "beautiful" things, you are then, therefore, beautiful? That you become beautifull by acting beautiful.
: As my Grandmother used to say; "That woman was so ugly... until she opened her mouth."
: Meaning = While one may be physically unattractive, a delightful personality makes one beautiful.
From the archives:
HANDSOME (PRETTY) IS AS HANDSOME (PRETTY) DOES - Good deeds are more important than good looks. The proverb was first recorded by Chaucer in 'The Wife of Bath's Tale' (c. 1387). In 1766, in the preface to 'The Vicar of Wakefield,' Oliver Goldsmith wrote: 'Handsome is that handsome does.' First attested in the United States in 'Journal of a Lady of Quality' . The saying is found in varying forms, including 'Beauty is as beauty does'." From the "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).