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.
The sentiment, although not the exact phrase was used by Shakespeare:
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.
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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