Big don’t mean ugly, and thin sho don’t mean pretty. If a person wants to be pretty, they gotta walk pretty, talk pretty and act pretty. Can’t nobody take pretty from you.
I suspect he’s sweet on Sophie and doesn’t like to see her work too hard.’
Tessa was glad to hear it. She’d felt awful about her reaction to Sophie’s scar, and the thought that Sophie had a male admirer – and a handsome one like that- eased her conscience slightly. ‘Perhaps he’s in love with Agatha’, she said.
‘I hope not. I intend to marry Agatha myself. She may be a thousand years old, but she makes an incomparable jam tart. Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.
Society does not create nor define my beauty. I do.
Nursing does not diminish the beauty of a woman’s breasts; it enhances their charm by making them look lived in and happy.
No man wants a woman who dresses like a dishwasher.
One day, while life is being incredible and interesting, I’m going to die.
A homely face does not guarantee a homely character. Appearance is the body, character is the spirit, and the soul bears the most vital qualities.
I’m trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across-not to just depict life-or criticize it-but to actually make it alive. So that when you have read something by me you actually experience the thing. You can’t do this without putting in the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful. Because if it is all beautiful you can’t believe in it. Things aren’t that way.
Dance,’ they told me, and I stood still,
and while I stood quiet in line at the gate of the Kingdom, I danced.
‘Pray,’ they said, and I laughed,
covering myself in the earth’s brightnesses,
and then stole off gray into the midst of a revel,
and prayed like an orphan.
Outward beauty is a true sign of inner goodness. This loveliness, indeed, is impressed upon the body in varying degrees as a token by which the soul can be recognized for what it is, just as with trees the beauty of the blossom testifies to the goodness of the fruit.