Essays; Moral, Political And Aesthetic: moral, political and aesthetic

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byHerbert Spencer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888. Excerpt: ... PERSONAL BEAUTY. IT Is a commonly-expressed opinion that beauty of char acter and beauty of aspect are unrelated. I have never been able to reconcile myself to this opinion. Indeed, even those who hold it do so in a very incomplete sense; for it is observable that notwithstanding their theory they continue to manifest surprise when they find a mean deed committed by one of noble countenance--a fact clearly implying that underneath their professed induction lies a still living conviction at variance with it. Whence this conviction? How is it that a belief in the connection between worth and beauty primarily exists in all? It cannot be innate. Must it not, then, be from early experiences? And must it not be that in those who continue to believe in this connection, spite of their reasonings, the early and wide experiences outweigh the later and exceptional ones? Avoiding, however, the metaphysics of the question,.et us consider it physiologically. Those who do not admit the relationship between mental and facial beauty, usually remark that the true connection is between character and expression. While they doubt, or rather deny, that the permanent forms of tits features are in any way indices of the forms of the mind, they assert that the transitory forms of the features are such indices. These positions are inconsistent. For is it not clear that the transitory forms, by perpetual repetition, register themselves on the face, and produce permanent forms? Does not an habitual frown by-and-by leave ineffaceable marks on the brow? Is not a chronic scornfulness presently followed by a modified set in the angles of the mouth? Does not that compression of the lips significant of great determination, often stereotype itself, and so give a changed form to the lower p...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888. Excerpt: ... PERSONAL BEAUTY. IT Is a commonly-expressed opinion that beauty of char acter and beauty of aspect are unrelated. I have never...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217927637

ISBN - 13:9780217927635

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