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Tangible language, which often tells more falsehoods than truths.
      - Abraham Lincoln

All is not golde that shewyth goldishe hewe.
      - John Lydgate, Chorle and Byrde

All is not golde that outward shewith bright.
      - John Lydgate,
        On the Mutability of Human Affairs

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,
        On Moore's Life of Lord Byron

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes; but few have the gift of penetration.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

He bears an unmistakable resemblance to a cornered rat.
      - Norman Mailer

All is not gold that glisteneth.
      - Thomas Middleton, A Fair Quarrel
         (act V, sc. 1)

To succeed in the world, we must be foolish in appearance, but really wise.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Within the oyster's shell uncouth
  The purest pearl may hide,
    Trust me you'll find a heart of truth
      Within that rough outside.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

They come to see, they come that they themselves may be seen.
  [Lat., Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipse.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ara Amatoria

She looks like something that would eat its young.
      - Dorothy Rothchild Parker (Mrs. Alan Campbell)

It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.
      - Dolly Parton

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.
  [Lat., Non semper ea sunt, quae videntur; decipit
    Frons prima multos; rara mens intelligit
      Quod interiore condidit cura angulo.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia) bk. IV, prol. 5

An embroidered pillow may be stuffed with straw.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

Don't trust too much in appearances.
  [Lat., Nimium ne crede colori.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Talent counts thirty percent; appearance counts seventy.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

The dress does not make the monk.
  [Fr., L'habit ne fait le moine.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Prologue (I)

You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.
      - Burt Reynolds

There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whole people in general take to be happy.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

A man may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
      - William Shakespeare

O place, O form, How often dost thou with thy case, thy habit,
  Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls
    To thy false seeming!
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II,iii)

Now I think on't,
  They should be good men, their affairs are righteous;
    But all hoods make not monks.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Katherine at III, i)

All that glisters is not gold;
  Often have you heard that told;
    Many a man his life hath sold;
      But my outside to behold.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii), requoting a proverb   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Looked as if she had walked straight out of the Ark.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I, ch. 7)

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