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What is the meaning of this phrase handsome is that handsome does?
June 05, 2012 1:33PM
"what is the meaning of this phrase handsome is that [correctly, as] handsome does?"
Essentially it means that you are only as good as what you do. I mean, anyone can say beautiful things, make promises. If you don´t hold by what you say or promise, it means nothing.
The answer above is possible, but the saying means that actions, not appearance, determine the worth of a person. It means exactly the same thing as "Beauty is only skin deep": it is also heard as "pretty is as pretty does."