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handsome is that handsome does

One's character is more important than one's physical attractiveness. Would you go out with my friend Doug? I know you don't think he's very good-looking, but he's just the nicest guy, and handsome is that handsome does.
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Handsome is as handsome does.

Prov. It is more important to treat people well than to be good-looking.; Just because you are good-looking does not mean you are a good person. Jill: I'd like to get to know George better. Jane: Why? Jill: He's so handsome. Jane: Handsome is as handsome does. He's a very unpleasant person.
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handsome is as handsome does

How one acts is more important than how one looks. For example, He may be homely, but he's the kindest man I've ever met-handsome is as handsome does. This expression already appeared in John Ray's 1670 collection of proverbs.
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handsome is as handsome does

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pretty is as pretty does

OLD-FASHIONED
You say handsome is as handsome does or pretty is as pretty does, to mean that you should judge someone by their actions and not by their appearance. Handsome is as handsome does, my mother and grandmother always said in order to prevent self-admiration. Yes, she's pretty — but pretty is as pretty does.
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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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high, wide, and handsome

expansive and impressive; stylish and carefree in manner. informal
This phrase originated in the USA, and Yankee Slang ( 1932 ) identifies ‘Ride him, Cowboy, high, wide and handsome’ as a shout commonly heard at rodeos.
1990 Times Education Supplement Your eyes are often distracted by high quality displays of work, and the library is high, wide and handsome.
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high, wide, and handsome

mod. happy; carefree. Willy is high, wide, and handsome after his great triumph.
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Another striking thing about the popular singer was that he looks huger, handsomer, and with more perfect hair on stage than on television.
The Men are indifferent Actors, but the Women are very good, and become themselves far better than any that I saw act those Parts, and far handsomer than any Woman I saw.
El traductor transforma una pregunta del original en una exclamacion y luego en interrogacion a su interlocutor: "Did you ever see a handsomer uniform than the colonel's?
A reader's eyebrows may be raised by Podhoretz's admission that he found Kerouac to be "even handsomer in the flesh than in the pictues of him that had been appearing for months in such mass magazines as Life and Time" (30), as though Podhoretz had been intently studying those images and would only fall further under the spell of Kerouac's sexual charisma as they walked the late night streets of lower Manhattan together following their dispute in Ginsberg's apartment (39-40).
I think that I shall never see, A man more handsomer than me.
Have you faced discrimination in favour of a handsomer colleague?
Wilson even acquired a mild talent for patronizing witticism that had not been apparent earlier, and Heath, for a while at least, looked handsomer and more relaxed.
Everyone praises you, saying you do a great job in hosting, except that you could be a little handsomer.
I For years Lord Television held him in thrall, iris-blue afternoons when Black Hat and Sheriff stood twelve inches tall shooting to kill; then one laid out flat and the handsomer, flashing his tin star, spoke the moral briefly as he could.
Although there were occasions in his young manhood when he may have wished to appear handsomer than he was, and although he sometimes used his own face merely as a model, contorting it into expressions of anger, joy or shock, he took, in general, a very penetrating, even merciless view of himself.
Elaine, age 5 Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.
They speak of nothing more compelling than their animals, which are in most cases handsomer, kinder, more loyal, and, yes, more interesting than their masters.
It sometimes happens, that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before; and, generally speaking, if there has been neither ill health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost.
as with all the dead"], his face was handsomer and above all more dignified than when he was alive.
Later, in the cathedral, Robert notices Doltaire "dressed scrupulously in black, with a little white lace showing at the wrists and neck" and he comments, "A handsomer figure it would be hard to see" (320).