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Page 383 - All things by regular degrees arise — From mere existence unto life, from life To intellectual power; and each degree Has its peculiar necessary stamp, Cognizable in forms distinct and lines."— LAV ATER.
Page 368 - A broad brown wart on the chin is never found in truly wise, calmly noble persons — but very frequently in such as are remarkable for imbecility. — When it is found in the countenance of a man of sense we may be certain of frequent intervals of the most extreme thoughtlessness, absence of mind, and feebleness of intellect. LXXVIII.
Page 334 - Of him whose figure is oblique; whose mouth is oblique; whose walk is oblique; whose handwriting is oblique, — that is, in an unequal, irregular direction, — of him the manner of thinking, character, and conduct are oblique, inconsistent, partial, sophistic, false, sly, crafty, whimsical, contradictory, coldly-sneering, devoid of sensibility.* THE CHEEKS.
Page 356 - ALL disproportion between the upper and under lip, is a sign of folly or wickedness. The wisest and best men have well-proportioned upper and under lips» Very large, though well-proportioned, lips, always denote a gross, sensual, indelicate ; — and sometimes a stupid or wicked man.
Page 348 - HORIZONTAL eyebrows, rich, and clear, always denote understanding, coldness of heart, and capacity for framing plans. Wild eyebrows are never found with a mild, ductile, pliable character. Eyebrows waving above the eyes, short, thick, interrupted, not long nor broad — for the most part denote capacious memory, and are only found with ingenious, flexile, mild, and good characters.
Page 394 - ... plates, which exhibit the progressive gradation from the frog to the human countenance seen in front, according to this principle, will serve for the elucidation of my meaning, and assist the reader in making his own observations. When, lastly, the length of the line of the mouth is to that of a line drawn from the outer corner of one eye to that of the other, as thirteen to twenty-seven, and the distance of these two lines equal to the length and half the length of the line of the mouth, or...
Page 335 - I do not think that any feature can wholly neutralize the effect of a good chin. It may modify somewhat its indications. Lavater himself must have thought this, for elsewhere he observes : — When the chin decisively indicates good sense the whole will certainly have the character of discernment and understanding. That chin decisively indicates good sense which is somewhat incurved or indented in the middle, of which the under part somewhat projects, which is marked with various gradations, incurvations,...
Page 348 - A nose physiognomonically good is of unspeakable weight in the balance of physiognomy : it can be outweighed by nothing whatever. It is the sum of the forehead, and the root of the underpart of the countenance. Without gentle archings, slight indentations, or conspicuous undulations, there are no noses which are physiognomonically good, or intellectually great.
Page 362 - He is certainly of a base and malignant disposition who laughs, or endeavours to conceal a laugh, when mention is made of the sufferings of a poor man, or the failings of a good man. Such characters have commonly little upper or under lip, a eharply-delineated middle line of the mouth, which at both ends turns disagreeably upwards ; and fearful teeth.
Page 331 - ... first impression have in it nothing repulsive or oppressive, and produce in thee no kind of constraint ; if thou feel thyself in his presence continually more cheerful and free, more animated, and contented with thyself, though he do not flatter thee, or even speak to thee, be certain that he will always, so long as no person intervenes between you, gain upon thee and never lose. Nature has formed you for each other. You will be able to say to each other much in a little. Study, however, carefully,...