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10 Sayings about Looks

These are English sayings and proverbs about looks and appearances, or how things seem to be from the outside.

Click on any saying for more information and notes.

Sayings

All cats are grey in the dark

The implication is that beauty, or physical appearance, is unimportant.

All clouds bring not rain

We can rephrase this: "Not every cloud brings rain." And that's true. Sometimes there are many clouds in the sky, but it doesn't rain. Don't judge things by appearances.

All that glitters is not gold

The attractive exterior of something is not a good indicator of its real nature. It may look valuable, but not be valuable.

Appearances are deceptive

The way something or someone looks from outside may give us the wrong impression.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Different people see beauty in different ways. What one person finds beautiful may not appeal to another person.

Beauty is only skin deep

Physical beauty is superficial. A pleasing exterior is no guide to a person's interior or character.

Handsome is as handsome does

Good character and behaviour are more important than good looks.

Still waters run deep

Some rivers have rough surfaces with waves. That's usually because the water is shallow and there are rocks near the surface. But deep rivers have no rocks near the surface and the water is smooth and still. "Still waters run deep" means that people who are calm and tranquil on the outside, often have a strong, "deep" personality.

Things are not always what they seem

Things may look like one thing but be another thing. This saying is often applied to situations, not just things or people.

You can't tell a book by its cover

You cannot judge what something or someone is like by looking at the exterior.

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