Faces are the central sense organ complexes, for those animals that have one, normally on the ventral surface of the head. The face is the feature which best distinguishes a person, and include the visible elements of hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyelashes, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, philtrum, teeth, skin, and chin. The face has uses of expression, appearance, and identity amongst others. It also has different senses like olfaction, taste, hearing, and vision.
- It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many millions of faces there should be none alike.
- Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici (1642), Part II, Section II.
- As clear and as manifest as the nose in a man's face.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part III, Section III. Memb. 4. Subsec. I.
- And her face so fair
Stirr'd with her dream, as rose-leaves with the air.
- Yet even her tyranny had such a grace,
The women pardoned all, except her face.
- He had a face like a benediction.
- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605-15), Book II, Part I, Chapter IV.
- “You cannot see my face, for no man can see me and live.” Jehovah said further: “Here is a place near me. Station yourself on the rock. When my glory is passing by, I will place you in a crevice of the rock, and I will shield you with my hand until I have passed by. After that I will take my hand away, and you will see my back. But my face may not be seen.
- In her face excuse
Came prologue, and apology too prompt.
- All men's faces are true, whatsome'er their hands are.
- Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
Bears a command in 't: though thy tackle's torn,
Thou show'st a noble vessel.
- A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
- God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
- There is a fellow somewhat near the door; he should be a brazier by his face.
- I have seen better faces in my time
Than stands on any shoulder that I see.
- There's no art
To find the mind's construction in the face.
- Your face, my thane, is a book where men
May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
Look like the time.
- You have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm, of cloudiness.
- Compare her face with some that I shall show;
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.
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- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 250-52.
- A face to lose youth for, to occupy age
With the dream of, meet death with.
- Robert Browning, A Likeness.
- Showing that if a good face is a letter of recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, What Will He Do With It? (1858), Book II. Title of Ch, XI.
- And to his eye
There was but one beloved face on earth,
And that was shining on him.
- Lord Byron, The Dream, Stanza 2.
- There is a garden in her face,
Where roses and white lilies blow;
A heavenly paradise is that place,
Wherein all pleasant fruits do grow.
There cherries grow that none may buy,
Till cherry ripe themselves do cry.
- Campion claims these in note To Reader, Fourth Book of Airs. Arber in English Garner, follows original. Attributed to Richard Allison by W. D. Adams, Frederick Locker-Lampson, Charles Mackay. To Campion by Ernest Rhys, A. H. Bullen.
- The magic of a face.
- Thomas Carew, Epitaph on the Lady S——.
- The face the index of a feeling mind.
- George Crabbe, Tales of the Hall.
- Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
The day's disasters in his morning face.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 199.
- Her face betokened all things dear and good,
The light of somewhat yet to come was there
Asleep, and waiting for the opening day,
When childish thoughts, like flowers, would drift away.
- Jean Ingelow, Margaret in the Xebec, Stanza 57.
- How some they have died, and some they have left me,
And some are taken from me; all are departed;
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
- Charles Lamb, The Old Familiar Faces.
- A face that had a story to tell. How different faces are in this particular! Some of them speak not. They are books in which not a line is written, save perhaps a date.
- These faces in the mirrors
Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Masque of Pandora, Part II. The House of Epimetheus, line 72.
- The light upon her face
Shines from the windows of another world.
Saints only have such faces.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Michael Angelo, Part II. 6.
- Oh! could you view the melody
Of every grace,
And music of her face,
You'd drop a tear,
Seeing more harmony
In her bright eye,
Than now you hear.
- Richard Lovelace, Orpheus to Beasts, Stanza 2.
- Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.—
Her lips suck forth my soul; see, where it flies!—
- Christopher Marlowe, Faustus.
- Vous avez bien la face descouverte; moi je suis tout face.
- You have your face bare; I am all face.
- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Volume I, Chapter XXXV. Answer of a naked beggar who was asked whether he was not cold. Same in Fuller, Worthies. Berkshire, p. 82. 3rd Ed. (1662).
- Cheek * * *
Flushing white and mellow'd red;
Gradual tints, as when there glows
In snowy milk the bashful rose.
- Thomas Moore, Odes of Anacreon. Ode XV, line 27.
- With faces like dead lovers who died true.
- Dinah Craik, Indian Summer.
- Sæpe tacens vocem verbaque vultus habet.
- Often a silent face has voice and words.
- Ovid, Ars Amatoria, Book I. 574.
- If to her share some female errors fall
Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all.
- Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1712), Canto II, line 17.
- Lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
- Psalms, IV. 6.
- A sweet attractive kinde of grace,
A full assurance given by lookes,
Continuall comfort in a face
The lineaments of Gospell bookes.
- Matthew Royden, Elegie: or a Friend's Passion for his Astrophill (Sir Philip Sidney).
- On his bold visage middle age
Had slightly press'd its signet sage,
Yet had not quenched the open truth
And fiery vehemence of youth;
Forward and frolic glee was there,
The will to do, the soul to dare.
- Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto I, Stanza 21.
- Sea of upturned faces.
- Walter Scott, Rob Roy, Volume II, Chapter XX. Daniel Webster. Speech. Sept. 30, 1842.
- In thy face
I see thy fury: if I longer stay
We shall begin our ancient bickerings.
- Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn.
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXVIII.
- An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal (1777), Act IV, scene 1.
- Her angel's face,
As the great eye of heaven, shyned bright,
And made a sunshine in the shady place.
- Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1589-96), Book I, Canto III, Stanza 4.
- Her cheeks so rare a white was on,
No daisy makes comparison;
(Who sees them is undone);
For streaks of red were mingled there,
Such as are on a Cath'rine pear,
(The side that's next the Sun).
- Sir John Suckling, A Ballad Upon a Wedding, Stanza 10.
- Her face is like the Milky Way i' the sky,—
A meeting of gentle lights without a name.
- Sir John Suckling, Brennoralt, Act III.
- White rose in red rose-garden
Is not so white;
Snowdrops, that plead for pardon
And pine for fright
Because the hard East blows
Over their maiden vows,
Grow not as this face grows from pale to bright.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, Before the Mirror.
- A face with gladness overspread!
Soft smiles, by human kindness bred!
- William Wordsworth, To a Highland Girl.
- My face. Is this long strip of skin
Which bears of worry many a trace,
Of sallow hue, of features thin,
This mass of seams and lines, my face?
- Edmund Yates, Aged Forty.