Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
I murmured to Picasso that I liked his portrait of Gertrude Stein. Yes, he said, everybody said she did not look like it but it does not make any difference, she will, he said.
Do not hold everything as gold that shines like gold.
The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason he makes so many of them.
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Culture is one thing and varnish is another.
He bears an unmistakable resemblance to a cornered rat.