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Men are like Geneva watches with crystal faces, which expose the whole movement.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men in all ways are better than they seem.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The habit does not make the monk.
  [Lat., Cucullus (or Cuculla) non facit monachum.]
      - quoted by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Handsome is that handsome does.
      - Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
         (bk. IV, ch. XII),
        also see George Granville

Thy plain and open nature sees mankind
  But in appearance, not what they are.
      - James Anthony Froude

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 (1),
        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--The Packhorse and Carrier
         (pt. II, l. 99)

Things are seldom what they seem,
  Skim milk masquerades as cream.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert,
        H.M.S. Pinafore

An emperor in his nightcap will not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Handsome is that handsome does.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. I), also see Henry Fielding

Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
  And heedless hearts is lawful prize,
    Not all that glisters gold.
      - Thomas Gray, Old on a Favorite Cat

Appearances deceive
  And this one maxim is a standing rule:
    Men are not what they seem.
      - William Havard

Very few people look the part and are it too.
      - Don Herold

Gloomy as night he stands.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XI, l. 744), (Pope's translation)

Weeds grow sometimes very much like flowers, and you can't tell the difference between true and false merely by the shape.
      - Edwin Paxton Hood

Do not hold everything as gold which shines like gold.
      - Alanus de Insulus (Alain de l'Isle),

By a kind of fashionable discipline, the eye is taught to brighten, the lip to smile, and the whole countenance to emanate with the semblance of friendly welcome, while the bosom is unwarmed by a single spark of genuine kindness and good-will.
      - Washington Irving

In civilized society external advantages make us more respected. A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one. You may analyze this and say, What is there in it? But that will avail you nothing, for it is a part of a general system.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In the condition of men, it frequently happens that grief and anxiety lie hid under the golden robes of prosperity; and the gloom of calamity is cheered by secret radiations of hope and comfort; as in the works of nature, the bog is sometimes covered with flowers, and the mine concealed in the barren crags.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Trust not to outward show.
  [Lat., Fronti nulla fides.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (II, 8)

A man of the world must seem to be that he wishes to be.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearance.
  [Fr., Garde-toi, tant que tu vivras,
    De juger des gens sur la mine.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VI, 5)

In all professions every one affects a particular look and exterior, in order to appear what he wishes to be thought; so that it may be said the world's made up of appearances.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We take less pains to be happy than to appear so.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Even when the bird walks one feels that it has wings.
  [Fr., Meme quand l'oiseau marche on sent qu'il a del ailes.]
      - Antoine Marin Lemierre, Fastes (chant, I)

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