Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth. But we seem to have no other.
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.
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.
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.
Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
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.
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.
Sometimes I wonder - if I were drop-dead handsome, and every woman I met actually dropped dead, would I ever get tired of it?
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.
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.
Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.