She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
Where you’ve heard the quote
That quote is from Chapter 1 of the famous Oscar Wilde book “The Picture of Dorian Gray“.
Lord Henry addressing Lady Brandon, calling her Peacock:
“I don’t believe that, Harry, and I don’t believe you do either. However, whatever was my motive — and it may have been pride, for I used to be very proud — I certainly struggled to the door. There, of course, I stumbled against Lady Brandon. ‘You are not going to run away so soon, Mr. Hallward?’ she screamed out. You know her curiously shrill voice?“
“Yes; she is a peacock in everything but beauty,” said Lord Henry, pulling the daisy to bits with his long nervous fingers.
With those words he describes her as bird well known for its beauty but also for its very loud, harsh and unattractive voice. Lord Henry makes that observation about Lady Brandon right after Hallward refers to her “curiously shrill voice” and otherwise annoying habits.
More Oscar Wilde quotes :
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.Oscar Wilde
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.Oscar Wilde