Appearance Quotes

Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.

F. H. Bradley (Francis Herbert Bradley) 1846-1924 ‘Appearance and Reality’ (1893) preface

We see things as we are, not as they are.

Leo Rosten

Appearance rules the world.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

I don’t consider myself bald, I’m just taller than my hair.

Tom Sharp

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

Robert Southey

Nowadays those are rewarded who make right appear wrong.


Mr Long’s character is very short. It is nothing. He fills a chair. He is a man of genteel appearance, and that is all.

On Mr Dudley Long, in James Boswell ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’ (1791) vol. 4, p. 81 (1 April 1781)

Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives
to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an
appearance of solidity to pure wind.

George Orwell (Eric Blair) 1903-50 „Shooting an Elephant? (1950) „Politics and the English Language?

There is no trusting appearances.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan 1751-1816 „The School for Scandal? (1777) act 5, sc. 2

Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth. But we seem to have no other.

Ivy Compton-Burnett

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

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