A Quote by unknown on appearance

The tanned appearance of many Londoners is not a sunburn - it is rust.


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A Quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds on appearance, art, garden, and nature

Gardening, as far as Gardening is Art, or entitled to that appellation, is a deviation from nature; for if the true taste consists, as many hold, in banishing every appearance of Art, or any traces of the footsteps of man, it would then be no longer a Garden.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Source: Thirteenth Discourse, 1786

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on appearance, insanity, and mind

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 (1928 -)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on action, apologies, appearance, charity, courage, diet, good, life, men, needs, wishes, and world

Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parade. Their works are done as an apology or extenuation of their living in the world- as invalids pay a high board. Their virtues are penance's. I do not wish to expiate, but to live: my life is for itself, and not for spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. I ask for primary evidence that you are a man, and refuse this appeal from a man to his actions.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Gaius Plinius Secondus Pliny, the Elder on appearance, belief, direction, doubt, earth, impossibility, mankind, and world

The ancients had little doubt about the true shape of the earth: "It's [the world's] shape has the rounded appearance of a perfect sphere. This is shown first of all by the name of 'orb' which is bestowed upon it by the general consent of mankind. ...Our eyesight also confirms this belief, because the firmament presents the aspect of a concave hemisphere equidistant in every direction, which would be impossible in the case of any other figure."

Pliny, the Elder (23 - 79 AD)

Source: Natural History, 77 A.D.

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A Quote by Plato on appearance, music, poets, prose, and simplicity

What a poor appearance the tales of poets make when stripped of the colours which music puts upon them, and recited in simple prose.

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

Source: The Republic. Book X. 601B

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A Quote by Neil Gaiman on appearance, charm, evil, and good

You see with your eyes. This means you can be misled by charm, by outward appearance. By webs of glamour, by surface pretences. I do not see with my eyes. I see good and I see evil. Nothing else.

Neil Gaiman (1960 -)

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A Quote by Michael Levine on appearance

I still give importance to appearance, although I came across some idiots very well dressed.

Michael Levine (1954? -)

Source: Lessons at the Halfway Point

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A Quote by Marvin J. Ashton on appearance, economics, family, good, heart, prophets, and time

We ... tend to evaluate others on the basis of physical, outward appearance: their "good looks," their social status, their family pedigrees, their degrees, or their economic situations. The Lord, however, has a different standard by which he measures a person. When it came time to choose a king to replace King Saul, the Lord gave this criteria to his prophet Samuel: "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; ... for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."

Marvin J. Ashton (1915 - 1994)

Source: Friend December, 1988, “They Spoke to Us” © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on appearance, justice, manners, mind, reality, reason, value, and weakness

We often value the exterior and superficial aspect of things more than their inner reality. Bad manners taint everything - even justice and reason. The "how" of things matters most, and even the most disagreeable matters can be sweetened and gilded over with the proper appearance. Such is the bias and the weakness of the human mind.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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