C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Absolute and entire ugliness is rare.


Better an ugly face than an ugly mind.

James Ellis.

Nothing is irredeemably ugly but sin.


Some men’s ugliness is hard to beat.

G. D. Prentice.

Nobody’s sweetheart is ugly.

J. J. Vadé.

Ugliness without tact is horrible.


Oh, I have passed a miserable night, so full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams!


Wrinkles and ill-nature together made a woman hideous.


The ugliest man was he who came to Troy; with squinting eyes and one distorted foot.


Ugliness, after virtue, to the best guardian of a young woman.

Mme. de Genlis.

Proper deformity seems not in the fiend so horrid as in woman.


An ugly face and the want of exterior beauty generally increases the interior beauty.


Ugliness is a letter of credit for some special purposes.


Lord Chesterfield designated ugly women as the third sex; how shall we place ugly men.

Anna Cora Mowatt.

There are no ugly women; there are only women who do not know how to look pretty.

Antoine Berryer.

An ugly woman in a rich habit set out with jewels, nothing can become.


Few persons comprehend the power of ugliness.


In nature there’s no blemish but the mind; none can be called deformed but the unkind.


Their dull ribaldry must be offensive to any one who does not, for the sake of the sin, pardon the ugliness of its circumstances.


Both beauty and ugliness are equally to be dreaded; the one as a dangerous gift, the other as a melancholy affliction.

Eliza Cook.

Nothing keeps me in such awe as perfect beauty; now, there is something consoling and encouraging in ugliness.


There is a sort of charm in ugliness, if the person has some redeeming qualities and is only ugly enough.

H. W. Shaw.

I do not know that she was virtuous; but she was always ugly, and with a woman, that is half the battle.

Heinrich Heine.

Nature has hardly formed a woman ugly enough to be insensible to flattery upon her person.


Homeliness has its advantage over its enemy, personal beauty; it is as difficult for an ugly woman to be calumniated as for a pretty woman not to be.


  • Gold gives to the ugliest thing a certain charming air,
  • For that without it were else a miserable affair.
  • Molière.

    Though ugliness be the opposite of beauty, it is not the opposite to proportion and fitness; for it is possible that a thing may be very ugly with any proportions, and with a perfect fitness for any use.


    Absolute ugliness is admitted as rarely as perfect beauty; but degrees of it more or less distinct are associated with whatever has the nature of death and sin, just as beauty as associated with what has the nature of virtue and of life.