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All that glitters is not gold,

 and All that glistens is not gold.
Prov. Just because something looks attractive does not mean it is genuine or valuable. (Often said as a warning.) Hollywood may look like an exciting place to live, but I don't think you should move there. All that glitters is not gold. I know Susie is popular and pretty, but don't befooled by that. All that glitters is not gold.
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glisten with something

to sparkle or shimmer with something. The trees glistened with a thin coating of ice from the freezing rain. Fran's eyes glistened with a few tears.
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All that glistens/glitters is not gold.

  (British, American & Australian) also All that glisters is not gold. (British literary)
something that you say to warn someone that sometimes people or things that appear attractive have no real value This film has an all-star cast, but all that glisters is not gold. It fails because of its weak story.
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all that glitters is not gold

Something attractive is not always what it seems, as in This house is really beautiful, but a close look will show dry rot near the foundation-all that glitters is not gold . Aesop stated the same idea in two of his fables (c. 600 b.c.), and a version close to the current wording appeared in 1175.
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In the six months to December 31 2003, Glisten reported sales up 11% from 8.
Chief executive Paul Simmonds said the acquisition of The Glisten Company now renamed Glisten Confectionery, last June had been lucrative.
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Even as she sprints through India in the scorching summertime, the wife of former US president Bill Clinton doesn't break a sweat - she doesn't even glisten.
Leeds firm Glisten warned of challenges ahead in the short-term as consumers continue to focus on price.
Leeds-based Glisten said like-for-like sales grew 10% in the period, helped by a good start to the financial year last summer.
Glisten makes cereal, fruit snack bars and health bars and holds the UK rights to Sun-Maid raisins and Weightwatchers products.
Glisten was identified by Raisio as a suitable candidate to the company's business and growth strategy.
Glisten has brought its Dormen Foods, Snacks Unlimited and Lindum Foods businesses together under one umbrella to create a new savoury snacking division.
Glisten Plc announces that it has acquired the entire share capital of Dormen Foods Ltd ('Dormen'), a leading supplier of premium branded nuts, savoury snacks and seed-based salad toppings, from its founders for 7.
Externally the concrete superstructure is covered in what the architects describe as a glaze, which when struck by light appears to glisten in the changing daylight conditions.
A signal case in point is The Americans, US Gymnastics Team: Like several of White's subjects, the coach and the injured young female athlete he cradles Pieta-like in his arms both glisten with a sheen of vaguely postcoital perspiration, their expressions caught precisely on the cusp of pain and pleasure.
Now, he faces a new challenge: making Detroit glisten like a show car under a glaring spotlight as it hosts Super Bowl XL at Ford Field next February 5.
In daytime, the pylon's prismatic shape will glisten as it visually anchors the north end Of Museum Mile and reinforces El Museo's location.
Rain-wetted railroad tracks glisten as the sun peeks over the hills and a fog bank hangs over Oakridge, where the weather can change as quickly as the trains pass through town.