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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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There are lots of reasons why Tupac continues to be even more popular in death than he was in life: his thug-revolutionary-artiste persona, which resonates in our occasionally barren pop-artistic epoch; his extraordinary handsomeness and perfectly sculpted physique, which embody his youthfulness and our vain adoration and envy of it; his diligent martyrdom, one that he predicted and thus, in part, precipitated, setting him apart from other fallen stars like Notorious B.
A person attains the status of dheng by his or her conduct: "Among the many positive meanings of dheng are nobility, beauty, handsomeness, elegance, charm, grace, gentleness, hospitality, generosity, good manners, discretion, and kindness.
At least I allowed him to die a natural death - his handsomeness intact.
In Lambra's statements it is obvious that she finds Gonzalo sexually alluring, especially at this point, when she is fully aware of his physical handsomeness, for she tells her ladies-in-waiting that they should let him know how and how much they value him.
The root cause of those puppy dog eyes came to visit for a few weeks over the summer and, in terms of tallness and handsomeness, it wasn't difficult to understand why he made her heart beat that little bit faster.
This neglects the dapperly attired handsomeness of Chase's comedy persona, though it still is a screen life filmmaker Robert Youngson characterized as "one long embarrassing moment.
While Sickert played on his handsomeness and enjoyed 'looking nice' to women--in life, he found that 'nothing was really ugly'--Whistler increasingly retreated to an imagined aesthetically beautiful Japan.
This line enacts a simultaneity of "rearranging(ly)" and "becoming(ly)": that is, a co-eventuality of change, stillness (the arranged grasshopper and word) and handsomeness (to look attractive) or aesthetics--all still on at least two levels: the settling grasshopper and the poem settling in the word "grasshopper".
Could this interested male gaze, even if it issues from a face far from possessing the handsomeness of the "Elliot countenance," have provided the germ for Mr.
Star-struck and attracted to her "Prince Valiant" handsomeness, Meaker accosted Highsmith, and within a few days their affair had begun.
However, his genius, his handsomeness and his god-like superiority made him very popular with his employers.
P erhaps this created the necessity, in Wilde's mind, for a foil to Salome's loveliness: Jokanaan's handsomeness.
physical handsomeness, selfishness, cruelty, masochism, and, ultimately,
The architects also relied on natural light to enhance the handsomeness of the project, and to offer orientation for residents traveling from space to space.