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"You know what they say. Ah... Beauty is an absolute curse!"

"Beauty needs more tact than the possessor of an average set of features."
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.

To quote Dr. Merlin, anyone who says "She's so pretty that it's like a disability because everyone hates her or wants to have sex with her" will be summarily keelhauled.

Beauty is a pair of shoes that makes you wanna die!
Frank Zappa, "Beauty Knows No Pain" - You Are What You Is

Damn this beautiful face of mine! Damn it to hell!
Mr. Garrison, being chased by attracted girls due to his surgically-altered face, South Park

My mother used to tell me that being beautiful was only useful to whores. Perhaps she was right.
Nicci, Confessor

Thank God I'm pretty
Every skill I ever have will be in question
Every ill that I must suffer merely brought on by myself
Though the cops would come for someone else
I'm blessed
Emilie Autumn, Thank God I'm Pretty

As he flies to Psyche's room at night, he turns himself invisible so no one can see him fly in through her window. He takes pity on her, for she was born too beautiful for her own safety.
—Eros and Psyche, Mythology

"She was beautiful . . . But she hated it because it meant she was forever being hounded by men collecting pubic scalps. Coming on butch was no help; it was that much more of a challenge to men and started the ki-ki types after her as well. Without makeup, perfume, or jewelry, in a deliberately unflattering brown coat and drab shoes, she still felt like a pot of honey surrounded by noisy flies. Poised to unzip if she so much as smiled."
John Brunner, The Sheep Look Up

Why couldn’t Satan have made me less beautiful?” I shouted angrily. [...] "Im good at too many things! WHY CAN’T I JUST BE NORMAL? IT’S A FUCKING CURSE!” I shouted and then I ran away.
Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, My Immortal

Women are the oppressed ones and it's even harder being a beautiful woman. Everyone assumes I don't try in bed. It's discrimination!
Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock

I'm afraid there's nothing that can be done about that. Blame my birth, or your womanhood.
Lancer, Fate/Zero

My crime? It is a serious one - you see, I am too handsome to look upon.
Gannayev, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer

May she be granted beauty and yet not
Beauty to make a stranger's eye distraught,
Or hers before a looking-glass, for such,
Being made beautiful overmuch,
Consider beauty a sufficient end,
Lose natural kindness and maybe
The heart-revealing intimacy
That chooses right, and never find a friend.
William Butler Yeats, "A Prayer for my Daughter"

Beauty, she is scarred into man's soul
A flower attracting lust, vice and sin
A vine that can strangle life from a tree
Carrion, surrounding, picking on leaves

Yes, being physically attractive has concrete advantages. Attractive people earn more, get better grades, have better jobs and find more successful partners than average or ugly people. Strangers are more likely to help them in a crisis. They have wider social circles.
[But] You know how when the hot girl at the bar tells an unfunny joke, all the guys laugh anyway? Or when the office stud makes a mistake, the female boss laughs it off? Attractive people live in a world where most feedback they get is bullshit. The compliments mean nothing—they've learned that's just the sound people make when they walk by. That's why studies show they tend to dismiss the genuine compliments they get in other areas (their work, personality, sense of humor, creativity) because it gets lumped in with the same counterfeit flattery they've been getting their whole lives.

Anthony: What was your crime?
Sweeney: My wife was beautiful.
Anthony: Why, if that be a crime...
Sweeney: A heinous one in this same town you call home. For here there are men who cannot look upon beauty, and not defile it; who scratch and tear at virtue's shining face with fumbling hands until they have made it as ugly as their own. Two such men there were — two upright men — a beadle and a judge, who tried with every flattery, every temptation, to win my wife to their desires. But she, bright angel, would have none of them. So — then they worked their devilish practices. Falsely, I was charged with petty theft, arrested — by the beadle, and brought straight to court before that same judge, who, in accents grave, sentenced me to transportation for life, hoping that in my absence my good wife would fall.
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Christopher Bond version)

"Damn, this spell I put on men!"
Barbara Jean, Reba

Why have the high gods made me wreak their wrath—
Forever since my maidenhood to sow
Sorrow and blood about me?
Sara Teasdale, "Helen of Troy"


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