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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.

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Do not be afraid because of their faces, for ‘I am with you to deliver you,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.
~ Jeremiah 1:8, NWT


  • It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many millions of faces there should be none alike.
  • 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.
  • Two studies investigated gender stereotyping in American magazine photos. Study 1 compares cover photos of men and women on face-ism, an index of the degree to which a photo focuses on the face versus the body. Photos of women are found to focus more on their bodies and photos of men on their faces, a finding consistent with previous research. This finding is strongly mediated by other variables, however, particularly the social role of the cover person. Study 2 compares the facial expressions, specifically the mouth positions, of men and women in advertisements from several popular magazines. Women are significantly more likely than men to be photographed with their mouths open, presumably portraying less serious expressions.
  • Don't use the camera or microphone to cross-reference and immediately present personal information identifying anyone other than the user, including use cases such as facial recognition and voice print. Applications that do this will not be approved at this time.
  • “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.
  • Do not be afraid because of their faces, for ‘I am with you to deliver you,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.
    • Jeremiah 1:8, NWT
  • Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
    Bears a command in 't: though thy tackle's torn,
    Thou show'st a noble vessel.
  • God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
  • Your face, my thane, is a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time.
  • Discerning the emotional expression of a face is traditionally thought of as a higher-order cognitive process in which the structural representation of the face is associated with semantic and cognitive information (Bruce and Young, 1986; Balconi and Lucchiari, 2005). Consistent with this model, facial affect recognition has been associated with ERP responses occurring between 400 and 600 ms post-stimulus (Potter and Parker, 1989; Hautecoeur et al., 1993; Halgren and Marinkovic, 1995). However, increasing evidence shows that facial affect recognition can occur earlier. Several studies have reported affect-related ERPs in the 180–250 ms post-stimulus interval, immediately following the structural face encoding response (Marinkovic and Halgren, 1998; Streit et al., 1999; Streit et al., 2001). More recent evidence suggests that the emotional expression of a face can modulate face-specific ERPs (Williams et al., 2006), with negative emotions eliciting larger face-specific ERPs (Caharel et al., 2005).

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.
  • Showing that if a good face is a letter of recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit.
  • And to his eye
    There was but one beloved face on earth,
    And that was shining on him.
  • 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.
  • The face the index of a feeling mind.
  • Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
    The day's disasters in his morning face.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The light upon her face
    Shines from the windows of another world.
    Saints only have such faces.
  • 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.
  • 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!—
  • 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.
  • With faces like dead lovers who died true.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sea of upturned faces.
    • Walter Scott, Rob Roy, Volume II, Chapter XX. Daniel Webster. Speech. Sept. 30, 1842.
  • An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance.
  • 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).
  • Her face is like the Milky Way i' the sky,—
    A meeting of gentle lights without a name.
  • 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.
  • A face with gladness overspread!
    Soft smiles, by human kindness bred!
  • 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?

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