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Appearance is the apparent likeness representing an external show. They are the way something appears to others.


  • Don't judge a book by its cover.
    • "Do not form an opinion about something or somebody based solely on outward appearance."
    • Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. 
    • Mieder, Wolfgang; Kingsbury, Stewart A.; Harder, Kelsie B. (1992). A Dictionary of American proverbs. pp. 710. , p. 311
  • Handsome is that handsome does.
  • She had always thought she would be like her father, and fancied a tall, dark, and handsome face.
  • Those who take a superficial and unreflecting view of things observe the outward appearance of anything they meet, e.g. of a man, and then trouble themselves no more about him. The view they have taken of the bulk of his body is enough to make them think that they know all about him. But the penetrating and scientific mind will not trust to the eyes alone the task of taking the measure of reality; it will not stop at appearances, nor count that which is not seen among unrealities. It inquires into the qualities of the man's soul.
  • Do not be afraid because of their appearance, for ‘I am with you to save you,’ declares Jehovah.
  • 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?
  • She looks as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.
  • The most important thing I learned on [[w:Tralfamadore|] was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just that way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.
    When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is "So it goes."
  • 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.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

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!
  • Think not I am what I appear.
  • 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.
  • Habit maketh no monke, ne wearing of guilt spurs maketh no knight.
  • Appearances to save, his only care;
    So things seem right, no matter what they are.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
    And heedless hearts is lawful prize,
    Nor all that glisters gold.
  • 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 (early 2nd century), 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.
  • Même quand l'oiseau marche on sent qu'il a des ailes.
  • All is not golde that outward shewith bright.
  • All is not golde that shewyth goldishe hewe.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Looked as if she had walked straight out of the Ark.
  • A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.
  • Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum.
    • An immense, misshapen, marvelous monster whose eye is out.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), III. 658.
  • 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.

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