My dear Kacvey,

How “Beauty” was defined in ancient Greece and Rome?

Diogenes: “Beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction.”

Aristotle: “Good looks are the gift of god.”

Socrates: “Beauty is a short-lived reign.”

Plato: “Beauty is a natural superiority.”

Theophrastus: “Beauty is a mute deception.”

Theocritus: “Beauty is as an evil in an ivory setting.”

Carneades: “Beauty is a monarchy that needs no bodyguard.”

Ovid: “Beauty is a fragile gift.”


Homer expanded: “In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare.”

Plautus contended: “I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewel. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.”

Juvenal rationalized: “Rare is the union of beauty and purity.”

Plutarch submitted: “Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.”

Meanwhile, in ancient China:

Confucius: “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”