Saturday, June 9, 2012

Poem: Time Tested Beauty Tips by Sam Levenson

Dear  All,

This is a wonderful poem written by the late humourist Sam Levenson for his granddaughter.

It is aptly written to encourage the inner beauty that can be developed by any women.

Would be great to have this read aloud by a female student or teacher as a warmer or enrichment activity when dealing with the theme of virtues, woman's role, the ideal women and beauty.

A discussion could also flow after reading the poem aloud. Topics such as physical beauty versus inner beauty, how to be a lady or character building.


Rodney Tan Chai Whatt


Time Tested Beauty Tips

The following was written by the late educator-humorist Sam Levinson for his grandchild and read by Audrey Hepburn on Christmas Eve, 1992. It was also used by Ms. Hepburn on occasion when she was asked for beauty tips. [From Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris, 1996, Putnam]

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

Sam Levenson 

Contrary to what some may think, Audrey Hepburn did not write this beautiful poem, Sam Levenson did. Levenson wrote "Time Tested Beauty Tips" for his grandchild, and it just so happened to be one of Audrey's favorite poems. She read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent with us here on Earth.



  1. I Love this poem...I originally read it in Sean Hepburn Ferrer's biography of his mother "Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers"...A beautifully written book...

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! I am including it in my Christmas card and blog for the month of December. A "real effective" set of beauty tips. Wishing all a beautiful Holiday Season!

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  4. The word in the next to last sentence should be "mole", not "mode".