Personality is more important than beauty, but imagination is more important than both of them.
(Laurette Taylor (1887-1946), U.S. actor. First published in "The Quality You Need Most," Green Book Magazine (April 1914): 556-562. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 13, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970).
About the qualities most needed by actors.)
A soiled baby, with a neglected nose, cannot be conscientiously regarded as a thing of beauty.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales, ed. Charles Neider (1961). Answers to Correspondents (1865).
Twain was replying to a young mother.)