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BEAUTY

 

Beauty
Illustration by "Dwig" from
Whimlets, 1902

There are women who have an indefinable charm in their faces which makes them beautiful to their intimates, but a cold stranger who tried to reason the matter out and find this beauty would fail.
- A Tramp Abroad

One is apt to overestimate beauty when it is rare.
- Innocents Abroad

One frequently only finds out how really beautiful a really beautiful woman is after considerable acquaintance with her; and the rule applies to Niagara Falls, to majestic mountains, and to mosques--especially to mosques.
- Innocents Abroad


It is more satisfactory to be pretty than right.
- Published in "Missing Maxims Returned to the Mark Twain Papers," Bancroftiana, Fall 2008, p. 11.

I would rather be picturesque than pretty, any time.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 31 July 1897


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