beauty is in the eye of the beholder

beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is not judged objectively, but according to the beholder’s estimation. The idea is a very old one: THEOCRITUS Idyll vi. 18 ἦ γὰρ ἔρωτι πολλάκις..τὰ μὴ καλὰ καλὰ πέφανται, for in the eyes of love that which is not beautiful often seems beautiful. Cf. 1742 HUME Essays Moral & Political II. 151 Beauty, properly speaking, lyes..in the Sentiment or Taste of the Reader.

1769 F. BROOKE Hist. Emily Montague IV. 205 You should remember, my dear, that beauty is in the lover’s eye.

1788 R. CUMBERLAND in Observer IV. cxviii. Beauty, gentlemen, is in the eye, I aver it to be in the eye of the beholder and not in the object itself.

1878 M. W. HUNGERFORD Molly Bawn I. xii. ‘I have heard she is beautiful—is she?’ ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ quotes Marcia.

2001 Spectator 8 Dec. 58 This at once confirmed the conclusion that I had just reached after studying the photographs of the child Wladyslaw..: beauty is not merely in the eye but also in the imagination of the beholder.


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