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Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth.  But we seem to have no other.  ~Ivy Compton-Burnett


I have always a sacred veneration for anyone I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher.  ~Jonathan Swift


It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.  ~Jean Cocteau


Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.  ~Samuel Butler, Erewhon


Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.  ~Maurice Chevalier


Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality.  All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.  ~Niccolo Machiavelli


A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human


Pretty is the queen that rules our land.  ~Carrie Latet


The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look.  It works in reverse, too.  When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.  ~P.J. O'Rourke


Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.  ~Lord Chesterfield


The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.  ~Daniel Webster


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



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