Appearances Quotes

Most popular appearances quotes

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Appearances are not seen to be a clue to the truth.  But we seem to have no other.
Appearances give us more pleasure than reality, especially when they help to satisfy our egos.

ego human nature

Judge nothing by the appearance. The more beautiful the serpent, the more fatal its sting.


The world more often rewards the appearances of merit than merit itself.

cynical merit

All that glitters is not gold.


A bird is known by his feathers.
— Jewish proverb

Jewish proverbs proverbs

Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.


Often a noble face hides filthy ways.


You can't tell a book by looking at its cover.


Appearances are but a glimpse of what is hidden.
Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearances only.
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
— American proverb

American proverbs proverbs

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.


If you seek the kernel, then you must break the shell. And likewise, if you would know the reality of Nature, you must destroy the appearance, and the further you go beyond the appearance the nearer you will be to the essence.
Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; and yet God in his wisdom has made them a part of oaks. And in so doing he has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without.