handsome is as handsome does






handsome is as handsome does

character and behaviour are more important than good looks – proverb

In this particular form the proverb dates from the mid 17th century. When used of behaviour, handsome really means chivalrous or genteel, though in this saying it is taken to refer to good looks. The original sense is made clear in the earlier version : goodly is he that goodly dooth.




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