APPEARANCES QUOTES

quotations about appearances

Appearances quote

So may the outward shows be least themselves:
The world is still deceived with ornament.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

CHARLES DICKENS, Great Expectations

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Appearances are deceitful, I know, but so long as they are, there's nothing like having them deceive for us instead of against us.

GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

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The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

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All appearances are initially classed as real. Any appearance found self-contradictory is (deductively) illusory, and its contradictory is consequently self-evident and (deductively) real.

AVI SION, Logical Philosophy: A Compendium

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Appearances can be deceiving.

AMERICAN PROVERB

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Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, attributed, Quote Unquote

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For me, it is as though at every moment the actual world had completely lost its actuality. As though there was nothing there; as though there were no foundations for anything or as though it escaped us. Only one thing, however, is vividly present: the constant tearing of the veil of appearances; the constant destruction of everything in construction. Nothing holds together, everything falls apart.

EUGENE IONESCO, Notes and Counter-Notes

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Things are seldom what they seem,
Skim milk masquerades as cream.

W. S. GILBERT, H.M.S. Pinafore

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Be the thing first, and you will grow to resemble it.

LIAM PERRIN, Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights

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The vulgar herd catches at the gross apparent fact, but the man of insight knows what lies on the surfaces does lie.

ISRAEL ZANGWILL, The Big Bow Mystery

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In all aspects of life, we take on a part and an appearance to seem to be what we wish to be--and thus the world is merely composed of actors.

FRANCOIS LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; Or, Sentences and Moral Maxims

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To judge the appearances we receive of things, we should need a judicatory instrument; to verify this instrument, we should need a demonstration; to rectify this demonstration, we should need an instrument: so here we are arguing in a circle. Seeing the senses cannot decide our dispute, being themselves full of uncertainty, we must have recourse to Reason; there is no reason but must be built upon another reason, so here we are retreating backwards to all eternity.

MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, "Apology for Raimund Sebond"

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Appearances are often deceiving.

AESOP, Fables

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Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.

EPICTETUS, Discourses

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Our reason is always disappointed by the inconstancy of appearances.

BLAISE PASCAL, Pensees

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The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.

AGATHA CHRISTIE, Murder on the Orient Express

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If we don't want to define ourselves by things as superficial as our appearances, we're stuck with the revolting alternative of being judged by our actions.

ELLEN DEGENERES, My Point ... And I Do Have One

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Appearances are not reality; but they often can be a convincing alternative to it. You can control appearances most of the time, but facts are what they are. When the facts are too sharp, you can craft a cheerful version of the situation and cover the facts the way that you can covered a battered old four-slice toaster with a knitted cozy featuring images of kittens.

DEAN KOONTZ, The Good Guy

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All hoods make not monks.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

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