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Williams Melendez
Many people look for external beauty, and they forget about feelings.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Williams Melendez from Venezuela

There is a proverb that says: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it is true. This means that something or someone is beautiful, depending on the person who is looking.

For example, if my child draws a picture, using many colors and asymmetrical lines, and writes down, "Dad, I love you", I think that it is beautiful. But if another person looks at the picture, he may think, "It's good, but my son drew a better picture."

Another example is in art. If I look at a painting by a famous artist, it is possible that I can't understand it and think it's ugly, but if another person such as a famous painter sees it, he will surely say that it is beautiful.

I think people judge beauty just in relationship to themselves. If I wear casual clothes to my job, the people who like wearing formal clothes might say that I look ugly.

Another proverb says: Love is blind. An example is between persons. If I like a girl and fall in love with her, for me she is beautiful; but for another man she can be unattractive. I remember the end of the movie, Planet of Apes. When Charlton Heston kissed an ape, she (the ape) told him that she accepted him, but thought he was ugly.

True, beauty opens locked doors. Many people look for external beauty, and they forget about feelings. But in the end, when the beauty is over, the same doors will be closed.


More on beauty:
Inner Beauty is the Real Beauty | How Important are Good Looks?
In Search of Beauty | My Sister Ligia | Communicating about Beauty

Stories about beauty: International Folktales about Beauty

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