I’ve heard this since I was a child.
“Pretty is as pretty does.” My Great Granny, my Nana and my Mother have told me this my entire life; that the person you are is what defines your beauty and if you fill your life with kind acts, you’ll be beautiful – your function defines your form. I relate this so strongly to design. If something in a room, whether it’s a rug, a table or a dish to put your car keys in… if it serves that room and its occupants perfectly, its beauty is inherent. Its form follows function. Or, as the women in my family would say, “pretty is as pretty does.”