One can certainly read the characters of men and form an accurate estimate of what they are by studying their general appearance and particularly their faces. Doing this is to practice what is known as the art of Physiognomy.
Physiognomy is based on deep observations. Undoubtedly there is an intimate connection between the features and expression of the face and the character that lies behind. We by recognizing this can make our life much more comfortable.
The Basic Rule
If the first moment in which a person appears, in the first impression has nothing repulsive or oppressive and produce in you no kind of restraint, if you feel yourself in his presence continually more cheerful and free, more animated and contended with yourself, though without verbal communication be certain of this that he will always so long as no person intervenes between you gain upon you and never loose. Nature has formed us for each other.
Not pleasing at first sight
Take notices however that some people are not pleasing at first sight, without any verbal communications. These people are to be dealt carefully if the need arises.
Watch people when taken by surprise
It is wise to observe in others the moments of complete surprise. People who maintain noble features during the moments of surprise are the people who are honest and prove good friends. They often make a career in medicine and prove to be good doctors.
When people have countenances that never conspicuously change they are cold, or very dull, but never truly wise, never warmly animated and are never capable of fine sensibility or tenderness.
When the lineaments of the countenances are well proportioned, accurately defined and strongly pronounced the character is discreet.
Not at all straight
Of anyone whose figure is oblique, whose mouth is oblique, whose walk is oblique, whose handwriting is oblique – that is in an unequal, irregular direction – we may infer that his manner of thinking, character and conduct are oblique, inconsistent, partial, false, whimsical, contradictory and lacking sensibility.
Look at the forehead
When a finely arched forehead has in the middle, between the eyebrows, a slightly discernible perpendiculr, two parallel wrinkles – esp. when eyebrows are marked, compressed and regular, it is to be ranked as first among foreheads. These people possess an inbuilt power to rule , highly intelligent and responsible character is denoted coupled with honesty and commitment.
Note the wrinkles on the forehead
The wrinkles on the forehead deserve a careful study:
# Oblique wrinkles on the forehead esp. when they are nearly parallel or appear so, are certainly a sign of poor and suspicious mind.
# Parallel regular not too deep wrinkles of the forehead or when the parallel is interrupted are found in the persons who are very intelligent, wise, rational and justly thinking.
# Wrinkles of the forehead which on slightest motion of the skin, sink deep downwards are much to be suspected of weakness.
Ears show character
According to Aristotle large ears indicate long and active life, small ones announce short temper and hasty character, flat ears point out rustic and imaginative people. Those that promise best are firm and middling size ears. Happy people have square ears.
Be on your guard against everyone who speaks mildly and softly and writes harshly against him who speaks little and writes more. Such characters are disguised by short foreheads, snubbed noses, very small lips, large eyes which can never directly look upon you.