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Appearance quotes
Appearance
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The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain.

- Ruskin, John
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The biggest fool in the world is he who merely does his work supremely well, without attending to appearance.

- Korda, Michael
3.

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance

- Beecher, Henry Ward
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TRUTH, n. An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance. Discovery of truth is the sole purpose of philosophy, which is the most ancient occupation of the human mind and has a fair prospect of existing with increasing activity to the end of time.

- Ambrose Bierce
5.

I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went Oooh.

- Fishburne, Laurence
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So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.

- Johnson, Samuel
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Grace is always natural, though that does not prevent its being often used to hide a lie. The rude shocks and uncomfortably constraining influences of life disappear among graceful women and poetical men; they are the most deceptive beings in creation; distrust and doubt cannot stand before them; they create what they imagine; if they do not lie to others, they do to their own hearts; for illusion is their element, fiction their vocation, and pleasures in appearance their happiness. Beware of grace in woman, and poetry in man -- weapons the more dangerous because the least dreaded!

- Custine, Marquis De
8.

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.

- Hugo, Victor
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Appearance rules the world.

- Schiller, Johann Friedrich Von
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For me, it is as though at every moment the actual world had completely lost its actuality. As though there was nothing there; as though there were no foundations for anything or as though it escaped us. Only one thing, however, is vividly present: the constant tearing of the veil of appearances; the constant destruction of everything in construction. Nothing holds together, everything falls apart.

- Ionesco, Eugene
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The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important.

- Barack Obama
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No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.

- Ruskin, John
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The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.

- Ruskin, John
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The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.

- Milgram, Stanley
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The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive -- you are leaking.

- Lebowitz, Fran
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There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.

- Seneca
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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
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By listening to his language of his locality the poet begins to learn his craft. It is his function to lift, by use of imagination and the language he hears, the material conditions and appearances of his environment to the sphere of the intelligence where they will have new currency.

- William Carlos Williams
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Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

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

- Machiavelli, Niccolo


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