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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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All That Glistens is the culmination of a joint project between Middlesbrough Museums and Galleries Service and the Glass Centre in Sunderland.
In the middle of this country's most populated city glistens a jewel known as Central Park.
com, a free drawing will be held during the program for a Lily women's chronograph watch from the celebrated Ashford collection which glistens in diamonds and premium grade steel.
1 -- 2) A kayak's trail on Lake Balboa glistens in the autumn sunlight Tuesday, when temperatures stayed in or below the 70s.
The nail polish on one set of fingers glistens slickly, but otherwise the hands are as barren as the feet.
The Golden Gate Bridge stands as a welcoming sentinel, while sunset bathes the fog shrouded air and glistens on the moist pavement.