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The Best Quotes About Appearance 

Updated June 14, 2019 268 votes 126 voters 14.4k views

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A list of the best appearance quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous appearance quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic appearance quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational appearance quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about appearance?" and "What are inspirational appearance quotes?"

This list includes notable appearance quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest appearance quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite appearance sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden. Phaedrus
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
We see things as we are, not as they are. Leo Rosten
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. Aesop
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance Henry Ward Beecher
Be not deceived with the first appearance of things, for show is not substance.
Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld
People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else. Euripides
Think not I am what I appear. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron
He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it. Thomas Fuller
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
Appearances are deceptive. Aesop
The Lord prefers common looking people. That is why he made so many of them. Abraham Lincoln
The best mirror is an old friend.
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
Trust not to much to appearances. Virgil
Things are seldom what they seem. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
First appearance deceives many. Phaedrus
When disposition wins us, the features please. Ovid
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance. Jean de La Fontaine
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
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut
Bad weather always looks worse through a window.
How little do they see what is, who frame their hasty judgments upon that which seems. Robert Southey
If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich. Oliver Goldsmith