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Appearances matter - and remember to smile.
Nelson Mandela

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

Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or
they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not,
and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.

The world loves to be amused by hollow professions, to be deceived by flattering
appearances, to live in a state of hallucination; and can forgive everything but the plain,
downright, simple, honest truth.
William Hazlitt

A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul.
Karl Lagerfeld

Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a
greyhound, why try to look like a pekingese?
Edith Sitwell

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Playing with appearances and mastering arts of deception are among the aesthetic pleasure
of life. They are also key components in the acquisition of power.
Robert Greene

Appear always what you are and a little less.
Greek proverb

The biggest factors on your status and appearance, the two F's: Fashion and Fitness.
Mark Manson, Models - Attract Women Through Honesty

My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.
Albert Camus

Most people don't realize that both help and harm come from within ourselves. Instead they
look to externals, mesmerized by appearances.

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
Oscar Wilde

We live in an age that defines people largely by appearance. The body is the man. The look is
the woman. There is almost no separating the outer from the inner, the true man from the
physical vessel he occupies in his life. This overemphasis on what is seen has had tragic
consequences for some men. Some of us just don't look "manly" in the traditional sense. We
are thin or un-muscular or high-voiced or perhaps even effeminate in the way we move.
These features tempt us to believe that we are condemned to some form of un-manly, un-
masculine life. Meanwhile, our more hairy, more muscular friends are considered manly merely
for their appearance. Hear me: I don't care about your appearance. Manliness, in my view, is
about doing.
Stephen Mansfield

The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and
beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.
Kahlil Gibran

First appearance deceives many.

Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.
Wayne Dyer

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward

The appearance of the wise differs from that of the fool.
African proverb

Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like
extroverts, but the effort costs them energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others
seem aloof or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full of drama. So the
next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her
mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might be
deploying the powers of quiet.
Susan Cain

If we don't want to define ourselves by things as superficial as our appearances, we're stuck
with the revolting alternative of being judged by our actions, by what we do.
Ellen DeGeneres

One man differs from another in three things: His voice, his appearance, and his mind.
Jewish proverb

As time goes by and you build on the habit of matching the appropriate inner resource to
each incident, you will not tend to get carried away by life's appearances.

Appearances aren't everything.
American proverb

Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running
water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear
as you are. Be as you appear.

Gallantry to women - the sure road to their favor - is nothing but the appearance of extreme
devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in
yourself as being able to contribute toward it.
William Hazlitt

A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be
incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
Sun Tzu

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give
an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

Appearances are often deceiving.

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would
come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had
undergone a change of attitude.
Katherine Mansfield

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