An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown



 Appearances are deceptive.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


I feel successful when the writing goes well. This lasts five minutes. Once, when I was on the bestseller list, I also felt successful. That lasted three minutes.


Jacqueline Briskin


He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way, but they come out looking another way, and that's what people observe. You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw. It's just extraordinary that we should have been given these peculiarities. Something is ironic in the world, and it has to do with the fact that what you intend never comes out like you intend it.


Diane Arbus (1923-1971, American photographer)


Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.


Arthur Ashe (1943-1993, African-American tennis player)


Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


There is less in this than meets the eye.


Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968, American actress)


I have been very happy, very rich, very beautiful, much adulated, very famous and very unhappy.


Brigitte Bardot (1934-, French actress)


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


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.


Candice Bergen (1946-, American actress)


The non permanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of summer and winter seasons.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular.


Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849, Irish writer and socialite)


Think not I am what I appear.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Not all speed is movement.


Toni Cade


Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.


Cindy Crawford (1966-, American model, actress)


When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.


Richard C. Cushing (1895-1970, American Roman Catholic cardinal)


The most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


You are only what you are when no one is looking.


Robert C. Edwards


If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


'Tis very certain that each man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank in the immense scale of men, and we are always learning to read it. A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went "Oooh."


Laurence Fishburne


He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Things are seldom what they seem.


W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911, British librettist)


Your best appearance may be what is most remembered about you; don't leave home without it.


Clarence E. Hodges


Woman cannot be content with health and agility: she must make exorbitant efforts to appear something that never could exist without a diligent perversion of nature. Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man's look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


I do not think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man. Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.


Oliver Herford (1863-1935, American  author, illustrator)


There's one thing about baldness, it's neat.


Don Herold


Getting talked about is one of the penalties for being pretty, while being above suspicion is about the only compensation for being homely.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


I can count the number of dates I've had on one hand. I wish that guys would approach me, but they don't.


Latoya Jackson


God loveth the clean.


The Koran (c. 500 AD, Islamic Religious Bible)


Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Only in trifling matters are we usually bold enough not to trust to appearances.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive -- you are leaking.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


You're only as good as your last haircut.


Susan Lee


The Lord prefers common looking people. That is why he made so many of them.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


What had seemed easy in imagination was rather hard in reality.


Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942, Canadian novelist)


What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.


Alanis Morissette (1974-, Canadian singer)


A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


I see myself as Rhoda, not Mary Tyler Moore.


Rosie O'Donnell (1962-, American talk show host, TV personality, comedian, actress,)


Neglect of appearance becomes men.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


The time will come when it will disgust you to look in the mirror.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


When disposition wins us, the features please.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


He is not affected by the reality of distress touching his heart, but by the showy resemblance of it striking his imagination. He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


First appearance deceives many.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


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


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


A dimple on the chin, the devil within.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


A little man often casts a long shadow.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


A golden cage is still a cage.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


The leafiest tree doesn't always have the juiciest fruit.


Panamanian Proverb


Chins without beards deserve no honor.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


People have been so busy relating to how I look, it's a miracle I didn't become a self-conscious blob of protoplasm.


Robert Redford (1937-, American actor, director, producer)


You can't move so fast that you try to change a situation faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them ... there is nothing.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


Appearance rules the world.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


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


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


I don't consider myself bald; I'm just taller than my hair.


Tom Sharp


You can lease the peace of mind. You bought a mask, I put it on. You never thought to ask me if I wear it when you're gone


Sisters of Mercy (American rock'n'roll band)


How little do they see what is, who frame their hasty judgments upon that which seems.


Robert Southey (1774-1843, British author)


Oh, I wish that God had not given me what I prayed for! It was not so good as I thought.


Johanna Spyri


If I had known what it would be like to have it all, I might have been willing to settle for less.


Lily Tomlin (1939-, American comedienne)


Nowadays those are rewarded who make right appear wrong.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


All things are becoming to good people.


Author Unknown


Bad weather always looks worse through a window.


Author Unknown


Regardless of weather, the moon shines the same; it is the drifting clouds that make it seem different on different nights.


Author Unknown


The best mirror is an old friend.


Author Unknown


It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Wide will wear, but tight will tear.


Author Unknown


Trust not too much to appearances.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-, American novelist)


A sobering thought: what if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?


Jane Wagner


I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it's my face, the way I look.


Christopher Walken (1943-, American actor)


The world is governed more by appearances than by realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.


John Wesley (1703-1791, British preacher, founder of Methodism)


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