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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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