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Be not deceived with the first appearance of things, for show is not substance.

English proverb

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Greek fabulist.

Appearances are deceptive.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Greek fabulist.

Appearance rules the world.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

Think not I am what I appear.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.


To establish yourself in the world a person must do all they can to appear already established.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

When disposition wins us, the features please.

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

Nowadays those are rewarded who make right appear wrong.

Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Playwright of the Roman Republic.