What is beauty, but a well-dressed skull that loses colour with the slightest illness, and, before death robs it of everything, the grace of its external and apparent surface is mortified by the years in such a way that, if eyes could penetrate within beauty, they could watch it only full of horror?
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|Birth:||6th February, 1608|
|Death:||18th July, 1667|
|Profession:||Diplomat, Philosopher, Priest, Writer|
António Vieira was born in Lisbon. He was a Portuguese Jesuit philosopher and writer, the "prince" of Catholic pulpit-orators of his time. At the age of eighteen he was teaching rhetoric, and a little later dogmatic theology, at the college of Olinda, besides writing the "annual letters" of the province. In 1647 Vieira began his career as a diplomat, in the course of which he visited England, France, the Netherlands and Italy.
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