Appearance is the apparent likeness representing an external show. They are the way something appears to others.
- All that glisters is not gold.
- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605-15), Part II, Chapter XXXIII. Googe—Eglogs, etc. (1563). Udall—Ralph Royster Doyster. (1566).
- Handsome is that handsome does.
- All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told;
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold.
- Gold all is not that doth golden seem.
- Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1589-96), Book II, Canto VIII, Stanza 14.
- Will she pass in a crowd? Will she make a figure in a country church?
- Jonathan Swift, Letter to Stella (Feb. 9, 1710).
- She looks as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.
- Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation (c. 1738), Dialogue I.
- A man of sense can artifice disdain,
As men of wealth may venture to go plain.
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I find the fool when I behold the screen,
For 'tis the wise man's interest to be seen.
- Edward Young, Love of Fame, Satire II, line 193.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 34-36.
- Esse quam videri.
- To be rather than to seem.
- Latin version of the Greek maxim, found in Æschylus, Siege of Thebes.
- Non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum.
- Do not hold everything as gold which shines like gold.
- Alanus de Insulis, Parabolæ, in Winchester College Hall-book of 1401–2.
- O wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursel's as ithers see us!
It wad fræ monie a blunder free us.
And foolish notion;
What airs in dress and gait wad lea'e us,
And ev'n devotion!
- Robert Burns, To a Louse.
- Think not I am what I appear.
- Lord Byron, Brute of Abydos, Canto I, scene 12.
- As large as life, and twice as natural.
- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, Chapter VII.
- But every thyng which schyneth as the gold,
Nis nat gold, as that I have herd it told.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, Chanounes Yemanne's Tale. Preamble, line 17, 362.
- Hyt is not al golde that glareth.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, House of Fame, Book I, line 272.
- Habit maketh no monke, ne wearing of guilt spurs maketh no knight.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Testament of Love, Book II.
- Appearances to save, his only care;
So things seem right, no matter what they are.
- Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (1761), line 299.
- Que tout n'est pas or c'on voit luire.
- Everything is not gold that one sees shining.
- Li Diz de freire Denise Cordelier (c. 1300).
- We understood
Her by her sight; her pure and eloquent blood
Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought.
That one might almost say her body thought.
- John Donne, Funeral Elegies, Of the Progress of the Soul, by occasion of the Religious Death of Mistress Elizabeth Drury.
- All, as they say, that glitters is not gold.
- John Dryden, Hind and the Panther.
- Cucullus (or Cuculla) non facit monachum.
- The habit does not make the monk.
- Quoted by Erasmus.
- He was one of a lean body and visage, as if his eager soul, biting for anger at the clog of his body, desired to fret a passage through it.
- Thomas Fuller, Life of the Duke of Alva.
- By outward show let's not be cheated;
An ass should like an ass be treated.
- John Gay, Fables (1727), The Packhorse and Carrier, Part II, line 99.
- Things are seldom what they seem,
Skim milk masquerades as cream.
- W. S. Gilbert, H. M. S. Pinafore.
- Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
And heedless hearts is lawful prize,
Nor all that glisters gold.
- Thomas Gray, Ode on a Favorite Cat.
- Gloomy as night he stands.
- Homer, The Odyssey, Book XI, line 744. Pope's translation.
- Judge not according to the appearance.
- John, VII. 24.
- Fronti nulla fides.
- Trust not to outward show.
- Juvenal, Satires, II. 8.
- Garde-toi, tant que tu vivras,
De juger des gens sur la mine.
- Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearances.
- Jean de La Fontaine, Fables, VI. 5.
- Même quand l'oiseau marche on sent qu'il a des ailes.
- Even when the bird walks one feels that it has wings.
- Antoine-Marin Lemierre, Fastes, Chant. I.
- All is not golde that outward shewith bright.
- John Lydgate, On the Mutability of Human Affairs.
- All is not golde that shewyth goldishe hewe.
- John Lydgate, Chorle and Byrde.
- He had a head which statuaries loved to copy, and a foot the deformity of which the beggars in the streets mimicked.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, on Moore's Life of Lord Byron (1831).
- Whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones.
- Matthew, XXIII. 27.
- All is not gold that glisteneth.
- Thomas Middleton, A Fair Quarrel, Act V, scene 1.
- Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipsæ.
- They come to see, they come that they themselves may be seen.
- Ovid, Ars Amatoria, 99.
- Non semper ea sunt, quæ videntur; decipit
Frons prima multos: rara mens intelligit
Quod interiore condidit cura angulo.
- Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of few perceives what has been carefully hidden in the recesses of the mind.
- Phædrus, Book IV. Prol. 5.
- L'habit ne fait le moine.
- The dress does not make the monk.
- François Rabelais, Prologue. I.
- Looked as if she had walked straight out of the Ark.
- Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir, Volume I, Chapter 7.
- A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.
- Syrus, Maxims.
- Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum.
- Of the terrible doubt of appearances,
Of the uncertainty after all, that we may-be deluded,
That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all,
That may-be identity beyond the grave is a beautiful fable only.
May-be the things I perceive, the animals, plants, men, hills, shining and flowing waters,
The skies of day and night, colors, densities, forms, may-be these are (as doubtless they are) only apparitions, and the real something has yet to be known.
- Walt Whitman, Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances.