Appearance Quotes (101) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Appearance. The way that someone or something looks, an act of performing or participating in a public event, an act of arriving or becoming.

Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way - everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger. 
~ Dalai Lama

The one characteristic of authentic power that most people overlook is humbleness. It is important for many reasons. A humble person walks in a friendly world. He or she sees friends everywhere he or she looks, wherever he or she goes, whomever he or she meets. His or her perception goes beyond the shell of appearance and into essence. 
~ Gary Zukav

People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools. 
~ Alice Walker

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.
~ Arthur Ashe

Appearances matter — and remember to smile.
~ Nelson Mandela

The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.
~ Khalil Gibran

We take less pains to be happy, than to appear so.
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Appearances are deceitful, I know, but so long as they are, there's nothing like having them deceive for us instead of against us.
~ George Horace Lorimer

Men are like Geneva watches with crystal faces, which expose the whole movement.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thy plain and open nature sees mankind
But in appearance, not what they are.
~ James Anthony Froude

Tangible language, which often tells more falsehoods than truths.
~ Abraham Lincoln

In civilized society external advantages make us more respected. A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one. You may analyze this and say, What is there in it? But that will avail you nothing, for it is a part of a general system.
~ Samuel Johnson

In the condition of men, it frequently happens that grief and anxiety lie hid under the golden robes of prosperity; and the gloom of calamity is cheered by secret radiations of hope and comfort; as in the works of nature, the bog is sometimes covered with flowers, and the mine concealed in the barren crags.
~ Samuel Johnson

By a kind of fashionable discipline, the eye is taught to brighten, the lip to smile, and the whole countenance to emanate with the semblance of friendly welcome, while the bosom is unwarmed by a single spark of genuine kindness and good-will.
~ Washington Irving

That gloomy outside, like a rusty chest, contains the shoring treasure of a soul resolved and brave.
~ John Dryden

An emperor in his nightcap will not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

Weeds grow sometimes very much like flowers, and you can't tell the difference between true and false merely by the shape.
~ Edwin Paxton Hood

When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.
~ Robert M. Pirsig

Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.
~ Unseen, Glimpse

Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

But the eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us. If all but myself were blind, I should want neither fine clothes, fine houses nor fine furniture.
~ Benjamin Franklin

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.
~ Aldous Huxley

We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.
~ Isaac Newton 

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Why do people respect the package rather than the man?
~ Michel de Montaigne

Where's the use of looking nice, when no one sees me but those cross midgets, and no one cares whether I'm pretty or not?
~ Louisa May Alcott

The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
~ Eckhart Tolle

Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
~ Duane Michals

Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.
~ John Cage

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 Breault

As an actor, particularly because I'm - I would call myself a character actor. I change my look, my physical appearance and my body, my hair color, my whatever all the time for a role.
~ Lynn Redgrave

So may the outward shows be least themselves; The world is still deceived with ornament.
~ William Shakespeare

We are fonder of visiting our friends in health than in sickness. We judge less favorably of their characters when any misfortune happens to them; and a lucky hit, either in business or reputation, improves even their personal appearance in our eyes.
~ William Hazlitt

Clothes and manners do not make the...
~ Arthur Ashe

A little man often cast a long shadow.
~ G. M. Trevelyan

We see things as we are, not as they are.
~ Leo Rosten

Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?
~ Germaine Greer

Beauty is produced by the pleasing appearance and good taste of the whole, and by the dimensions of all the parts being duly proportioned to each other.
Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

What lies behind appearance is usually another appearance.
~ Mason Cooley

My advice to actresses is don't worry about your looks. The very thing that makes you unhappy in your appearance may be the one thing to make you a star.
~ Estelle Winwood

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.
~ Jonathan Swift

I do not think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man. Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist.
~ Ernest Hemingway

When I was a little boy I did not, of course, trouble much about my appearance.
~ Georg Brandes

There is no actual law that says that a person of inner beauty cannot also maintain an appearance.
~ Robert Breault

When was it that men agreed to respect the appearance and not the reality?
~ Henry David Thoreau

When you have achieved a state of calmness and readiness, then you are ready to know, ready to understand in a deep way the dance between emptiness and appearance. Once you catch a glimpse of that dance, don't hang on to it. Just let it go, like your first glimpse of essence love.
~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche

A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Philosophical, Men, Needs

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
~ Samuel Butler

You see someone on the street, and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw.
~ Diane Arbus

The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe. You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw. It's just extraordinary that we should have been given these peculiarities. Something is ironic in the world and it has to do with the fact that what you intend never comes out like you intend it.
~ Diane Arbus

A dimple on the chin, the devil within.
~ Pope Paul VI

Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe.
~ Diane Arbus

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
~ Oscar Wilde

The best mirror is an old friend.
~ George Herbert

I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles. I pack them in
as little compass as I can for myself, and never let them
annoy others.
~ Robert Southey

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
~ Epictetus

If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Crosby family is sort of legendary for all of its traumas and familial problems, even though it has this appearance of being this perfect world. It had quite a dark side to it.
~ Denise Crosby

The most memorable performance was my appearance in concert in Carnegie Hall. The first standup to do so.
~ Shelley Berman

My appearance was always good and my ability to play on the piano, especially ragtime, which was then at the height of its vogue, made me a welcome guest.
~ James Weldon Johnson

Improved turnout will give parliament and government the appearance of being more legitimate.
~ Peter Lynch

My breasts are beautiful, and I gotta tell you, they've gotten a lot of attention for what is relatively short screen time.
~ Jamie Lee Curtis

I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it's my face, the way I look.
~ Christopher Walken 

When the cinematograph first made its appearance, we were told that the days of the ordinary theatre were numbered.
~ Ivor Novello

We wanted to make sure that the film covered the main issues of his life. Musicianship, appearance.
~ Martin Bashir

All, as they say, that glitters is not gold.
~ John Dryden

Hyt is not al golde that glareth.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer

First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man's look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.
~ William Hazlitt

The most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor.
~ Arthur Conan Doyle

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

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.
~ Jean Cocteau

An increasing number of people who lead mental lives of great intensity, people who are sensitive by nature, notice the steadily more frequent appearance in them of mental states of great strangeness ... a wordless and irrational feeling of ecstasy; or a breath of psychic pain; a sense of being spoken to from afar, from the sky or the sea; an agonizingly developed sense of hearing which can cause one to wince at the murmuring of unseen atoms; an irrational staring into the heart of some closed kingdom suddenly and briefly revealed.
~ Knut Hamsun

In a house where there are small children the bathroom soon takes on the appearance of the Old Curiosity Shop.
~ Robert Benchley

The time will come when it will disgust you to look in the mirror.
~ Rose Kennedy

Possibly because I grew up not feeling very confident about my own physical appearance, I developed internal devices so that I could integrate into society.
~ Shirley Manson

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
~ Christopher Lasch

A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Names are not always what they seem.
~ Mark Twain

Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it.
~ William Shakespeare

When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
~ Richard Cushing

Getting talked about is one of the penalties.
~ Kin Hubbard 

The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look.
~ P. J. O'Rourke

What was the appearance of God the Father? Like that of a man...God has the likeness of fingers and hands and a face.
~ Benny Hinn

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
~ Helena Rubinstein

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
~ Mark Twain

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
~ Oscar Wilde

Beauty will result from the form and the correspondence of the whole, with respect to the several parts, of the parts with regard to each other, and of these again to the whole; that the structure may appear an entire and complete body, wherein each member agrees with the other, and all necessary to compose what you intend to form.
~ Andrea Palladio

The world needs you. It doesn't need you at a party having read a book about how to appear smart at parties - these books exist, and they're tempting - but resist falling into that trap. The world needs you at the party starting real conversations, saying, 'I don't know,' and being kind.
~ Charlie Kaufman

Appearances are often deceiving.
~ Aesop

Polite strangers often tell soothing lies about our physical appearance that prevent many of us from facing, discussing and solving our real problems.
~ Martha Beck

He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it.
~ Thomas Fuller

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.
~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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