handsome is as handsome does

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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 methandsome is as handsome does. This expression already appeared in John Ray's 1670 collection of proverbs.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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