Can someone please tell me the source of the quote “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. I’ve checked Bartlett’s Quotations and it’s not listed.
I found a couple of references attributing it to an Al Bernstein but nothing to indicate who he is or what work it’s from.
Lex Non Favet Delicatorum Votis
That guy said, “Beauty is in the heart of the beholder,” not the ’eye’ of the beholder. See:
This is who he is.
I’m sure this guy is all quite irrelevant to the original quote. This all seems to have to do with selling a book of sayings that are supposed to improve your business or something.
Ray (The Internet is not beautiful.)
Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Amberson’s, 1918.
The Magnificent Ambersons
(I need to go to bed when I start inserting wayward apostrophes.)
Ah, why don’t we just write our own & then call it our own?
'Beauty is in the ear of the beholder."
Margaret Wolf Hungerford, in the novel “Molly Bawn” (1878).
cf David Hume, "Essay of Tragedy (1741-42): “Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them”.
(Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations)