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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


pretty is as pretty does

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.
I think that I shall never see, A man more handsomer than me.
Have you faced discrimination in favour of a handsomer colleague?
In the chapter on Wilks, Osler said, "He had a remarkably attractive personality, which age so adorned, that at three score and ten there was no handsomer man in London.
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.
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.
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).
Sebastian is handsomer than Shrek but easily fooled, though being half-elf he does have an ability to read people's characters.
Now 22, he was handsomer and a better rider than ever, with a spirited wit and charismatic personality that matched his will to succeed.
There was a photo of him in his uniform on the table in the living room, and I'd think how much handsomer he looked than when he was up to his elbows in grease, fighting something mechanical and swearing a blue streak under the hood of his '49 Chevy in the driveway.
I will confess, I was a little disappointed that he was not handsomer.
And then he only seemed handsomer or less handsome.