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Do not be afraid because of their faces, for ‘I am with you to deliver you,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.
~ Jeremiah 1:8, NWT

Faces are the central sense organ complexes, for those animals that have one, normally on the ventral surface of the head. The face is the feature which best distinguishes a person, and include the visible elements of hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyelashes, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, philtrum, teeth, skin, and chin. The face has uses of expression, appearance, and identity amongst others. It also has different senses like olfaction, taste, hearing, and vision.


  • Previous studies have shown that exposure to traumatic events that put one’s life at risk may affect processing of facial expressions. Thus, for example, individuals suffering from PTSD have difficulties in differentiating between fearful and neutral faces (e.g., Felmingham, Bryant, & Gordon, 2003). Developmental studies have found that neglected or maltreated children demonstrate heightened sensitivity to anger and fearful expressions, while displaying difficulties in perceiving other expressions such as sadness and disgust (Masten et al., 2008; Pollak, Cicchetti, Hornung, & Reed, 2000; Pollak & Tolley-Schell, 2003). A recent study, which assessed the long-lasting impact of a terrorist attack, found that children who were held as hostages at the Russian town of Beslan on September 2004 by Chechen rebels were more accurate than nonexposed children in detecting threat related information such as anger in faces, which were morphed from two prototypical emotions (Scrimin, Moscardino, Capello, Altoe, & Axia, 2009; Scrimin, Moscardino, Capello, & Axia, 2008). In military veterans, however, the long-term consequences of life threatening experience on the perception of facial expressions have not been explored before, to the best of our knowledge.
  • Results from the current study suggest that behavioral avoidance to certain emotional expressions, particularly negative emotional expressions, may increase delays in identifying those same emotional expressions, which may jointly serve to increase risk for adult sexual revictimization. This interaction appears to be more influential than overall accuracy in identifying facial expressions in predicting risk for adult sexual revictimization.
  • It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many millions of faces there should be none alike.
  • As clear and as manifest as the nose in a man's face.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part III, Section III. Memb. 4. Subsec. I.
  • And her face so fair
    Stirr'd with her dream, as rose-leaves with the air.
  • Yet even her tyranny had such a grace,
    The women pardoned all, except her face.
  • He had a face like a benediction.
  • Two studies investigated gender stereotyping in American magazine photos. Study 1 compares cover photos of men and women on face-ism, an index of the degree to which a photo focuses on the face versus the body. Photos of women are found to focus more on their bodies and photos of men on their faces, a finding consistent with previous research. This finding is strongly mediated by other variables, however, particularly the social role of the cover person. Study 2 compares the facial expressions, specifically the mouth positions, of men and women in advertisements from several popular magazines. Women are significantly more likely than men to be photographed with their mouths open, presumably portraying less serious expressions.
  • That is the great thing about our movement--that these members are uniform not only in ideas, but even, the facial expression is almost the same!
  • “You cannot see my face, for no man can see me and live.” Jehovah said further: “Here is a place near me. Station yourself on the rock. When my glory is passing by, I will place you in a crevice of the rock, and I will shield you with my hand until I have passed by. After that I will take my hand away, and you will see my back. But my face may not be seen.
  • Do not be afraid because of their faces, for ‘I am with you to deliver you,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.
    • Jeremiah 1:8, NWT
  • In summary, our results showed no sex differences in the rapid detection of emotional compared with emotionally neutral expressions. However, we did observe sex differences in the subjective ratings of facial stimuli and the relationship between ratings and RTs. Females reported a stronger qualitative response to the emotional facial expressions of others than did males. Furthermore, emotional arousal enhanced the detection of facial expressions more strongly in females than in males, whereas negative feelings facilitated the detection of facial expressions more clearly in males than in females. These findings suggest females and males differ in their subjective emotional reactions to facial expressions and that this difference leads to subsequent differences in the ways in which emotion modulates the detection of emotional facial expressions.
  • Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
    Bears a command in 't: though thy tackle's torn,
    Thou show'st a noble vessel.
  • God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
  • Your face, my thane, is a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time.
  • Writing for Military Images, Luther says that the array of facial landmarks used to compare photographs enables CWPS to find matches even if a soldier’s facial hair changes or an existing snapshot captures him from a different angle. This feat is made all the more impressive by the limitations of Civil War images. By the start of the war, photographers were beginning to develop prints from negatives, a delicate process that nevertheless opened up the possibilities of the nascent medium. As Eisen of Slate notes, in addition to the quality and coloring of these images, there were an array of limitations that make it a challenge to identify historical photographs today. Take, for instance, the prevalence of thick beards and mustaches, which could obscure vital facial features.
  • Patients with schizophrenia demonstrate abnormalities in early visual encoding of facial features that precedes the ERP response typically associated with facial affect recognition. This suggests that affect recognition deficits, at least for happy and sad discrimination, are secondary to faulty structural encoding of faces. The association of abnormal face encoding with delusions may denote the physiological basis for clinical misidentification syndromes.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 250-52.
  • A face to lose youth for, to occupy age
    With the dream of, meet death with.
  • Showing that if a good face is a letter of recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit.
  • And to his eye
    There was but one beloved face on earth,
    And that was shining on him.
  • There is a garden in her face,
    Where roses and white lilies blow;
    A heavenly paradise is that place,
    Wherein all pleasant fruits do grow.
    There cherries grow that none may buy,
    Till cherry ripe themselves do cry.
    • Campion claims these in note To Reader, Fourth Book of Airs. Arber in English Garner, follows original. Attributed to Richard Allison by W. D. Adams, Frederick Locker-Lampson, Charles Mackay. To Campion by Ernest Rhys, A. H. Bullen.
  • The magic of a face.
  • The face the index of a feeling mind.
  • Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
    The day's disasters in his morning face.
  • Her face betokened all things dear and good,
    The light of somewhat yet to come was there
    Asleep, and waiting for the opening day,
    When childish thoughts, like flowers, would drift away.
  • How some they have died, and some they have left me,
    And some are taken from me; all are departed;
    All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
  • A face that had a story to tell. How different faces are in this particular! Some of them speak not. They are books in which not a line is written, save perhaps a date.
  • These faces in the mirrors
    Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself.
  • The light upon her face
    Shines from the windows of another world.
    Saints only have such faces.
  • Oh! could you view the melody
    Of every grace,
    And music of her face,
    You'd drop a tear,
    Seeing more harmony
    In her bright eye,
    Than now you hear.
  • Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
    And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
    Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.—
    Her lips suck forth my soul; see, where it flies!—
  • Vous avez bien la face descouverte; moi je suis tout face.
    • You have your face bare; I am all face.
    • Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Volume I, Chapter XXXV. Answer of a naked beggar who was asked whether he was not cold. Same in Fuller, Worthies. Berkshire, p. 82. 3rd Ed. (1662).
  • Cheek * * *
    Flushing white and mellow'd red;
    Gradual tints, as when there glows
    In snowy milk the bashful rose.
  • With faces like dead lovers who died true.
  • Sæpe tacens vocem verbaque vultus habet.
    • Often a silent face has voice and words.
    • Ovid, Ars Amatoria, Book I. 574.
  • If to her share some female errors fall
    Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all.
  • Lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
    • Psalms, IV. 6.
  • A sweet attractive kinde of grace,
    A full assurance given by lookes,
    Continuall comfort in a face
    The lineaments of Gospell bookes.
    • Matthew Royden, Elegie: or a Friend's Passion for his Astrophill (Sir Philip Sidney).
  • On his bold visage middle age
    Had slightly press'd its signet sage,
    Yet had not quenched the open truth
    And fiery vehemence of youth;
    Forward and frolic glee was there,
    The will to do, the soul to dare.
  • Sea of upturned faces.
    • Walter Scott, Rob Roy, Volume II, Chapter XX. Daniel Webster. Speech. Sept. 30, 1842.
  • An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance.
  • Her angel's face,
    As the great eye of heaven, shyned bright,
    And made a sunshine in the shady place.
    • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1589-96), Book I, Canto III, Stanza 4.
  • Her cheeks so rare a white was on,
    No daisy makes comparison;
    (Who sees them is undone);
    For streaks of red were mingled there,
    Such as are on a Cath'rine pear,
    (The side that's next the Sun).
  • Her face is like the Milky Way i' the sky,—
    A meeting of gentle lights without a name.
  • White rose in red rose-garden
    Is not so white;
    Snowdrops, that plead for pardon
    And pine for fright
    Because the hard East blows
    Over their maiden vows,
    Grow not as this face grows from pale to bright.
  • A face with gladness overspread!
    Soft smiles, by human kindness bred!
  • My face. Is this long strip of skin
    Which bears of worry many a trace,
    Of sallow hue, of features thin,
    This mass of seams and lines, my face?

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