Why do we say "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Meaning:

Beauty exists in the mind that observes it. This expression is often used to describe a person or thing whose appearance does not match the commonly accepted standards of beauty.

Background:

The sentiment, although not the exact phrase was used by Shakespeare:

Princess:
Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean,
Needs not the painted flourish of your praise:
Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,
Not utter'd by base of chapmen's tongues.

Love's Labours Lost, Act II, Scene

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