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So I came across this quote by someone on some website, and it kinda intrigued me.

Nothing makes a woman beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.

I was wondering whether there should be a "more" following the "beautiful":

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief.

Am I wrong here?

  • I agree with you that it isn't right as is. It should be "nothing makes a woman more beautiful than..." or "nothing makes a woman beautiful more than the belief..." – nnnnnn Jun 2 '16 at 10:56
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It appears to be a misquote. The person who said this line was herself one of the most beautiful women in the history of cinema, a certain Sophia Loren.

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”

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For someone who is now in her eighties, she continues to be striking to look at.

The adjective beautiful should be in the comparative form because it is followed by "than" which is used as a conjunction before the second element in the comparison, i.e. "belief". It's a slightly ambiguous citation because we don't know who the belief is referring to:

  1. When a woman believes she is beautiful, she becomes even more so.
  2. When people believe (or claim) a woman is beautiful, she appears to be more beautiful in everyone's eyes.
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You're not wrong. But in your case, you have already assumed that the woman, in reference, is already beautiful. She becomes more beautiful when she believes that she is beautiful. 'A woman' is just a general reference to all women, and I for one agree with your assumption.

But the quote you have shared here is from another perspective, when the speaker assumes that the absolute beauty of a woman comes from her realization that she is beautiful. Whereas you have seen the quote from the perspective of relative beauty. I'm not sure how to explain this. The quote could also mean:

"The real beauty of a woman lies hidden within her, until she realizes that is beautiful."

This doesn't mean that the woman is not beautiful to start with. It's the absolute beauty that the writer is talking about. She may or may not be beautiful in reality, but when she realizes that she is beautiful, any woman will appear beautiful to another person.

This a very beautiful quote. Oh wait ! Haha.

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