the eyes are the window of the soul

Occurs in a number of variant forms: the face is the index of the mind is among those exemplified below. Cf. CICERO Orator lx. ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi, the face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter; L. vultus est index animi (also oculus animi index), the face (also, eye) is the index of the mind.

1545 T. PHAER Regiment of Life 14 The eyes..are the wyndowes of the mynde, for both ioye & anger..are seene..through them.

a 1575 J. PILKINGTON Nehemiah (1585) i. The affections of the minde declare them selues openlie in the face.

1601 JONSON Cynthia’s Revels D3v I can refell [refute] that Paradox..of those, which hold the face to be the Index of the minde.

1781 A. ADAMS in L. H. Butterfield et al. Adams Family Correspondence (1973) IV. 215 I did not study the Eye that best Index to the mind.

1864 MRS. H. WOOD Trevlyn Hold I. i. You have not to learn that the face is the outward index of the mind within.

1940 G. SEAVER Scott of Antarctic II. 48 The eye, which is the reflector of the external world, is also the mirror of the soul within.

1979 J. GERSON Omega Factor iii. If the old saying, the eyes are the window of the soul, were true then this young girl had misplaced her soul.

1997 Windows Magazine Feb. 205 If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the monitor is the window to your system.

2000 J. W. HALL Rough Draft (2001) i. 23 He’d never believed in reading things into people’s eyes. All that windows-of-the-soul bullshit.


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