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Beauty is only skin deep
All that Glitters is not gold
Appearances are deceptive
Never judge by appearances
Never judge a book by its cover
The cowl does not make the monk 

You probably have heard of these proverbs before and used them in your essay back in school (especially the fifth one, I know I used that one a lot). But did it ever occur to you that all six of these proverbs give the same meaning?

The true definition may differ a little from each other but they all serve the same purpose; to tell you that beauty, appearances and all its glamour are not what defines someone or something.

Here are the individual definitions :

Beauty is only skin deep
A good-looking person does not necessarily have an attractive character.

All that Glitters is not gold
Nothing should be judged by its external appearances.

Appearances are deceptive
Internal reality is often different from external looks.

Never judge by appearances
Outward demeanour should never be used as a criterion for assessment of character.

Never judge a book by its cover
The external appearance is not a reliable guide to the quality of what lies within.

The cowl does not make the monk
Appearances may belie reality.

I personally agree with these proverbs. You should not come to conclusions on what one’s personality is based purely on appearances. I believe that appearances can only be use as judgements for first impressions. Of course, you should put on a good first impression for things like your job interview or to impress someone, so dress appropriately!

 So do not think that what you look like defines the person you are. One can look all that smart and intelligent but she/he may not have the brains (just saying *wink*)

So, what do YOU think?
Got anymore proverbs, idioms or phrases that have the same meaning?

***UPDATE
Another similar proverb provided by Lawreen;

The hood does not make the monk

Thanks Lawreen!

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