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all that glistens is not gold

Things that have an outward appeal are often not as beautiful or valuable as they seem. I don't know if that necklace from the flea market will have the resale value you're anticipating. All that glistens is not gold, you know. A: "I want to grow up to be a movie star, then I won't have a care in the world!" B: "Just remember that all that glistens is not gold. The pressures of fame can be difficult."
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all that glitters is not gold

Things that have an outward appeal are often not as beautiful or valuable as they seem. I don't know if that necklace from the flea market will have the resale value you're anticipating. All that glitters is not gold, you know. A: "I want to grow up to be a movie star, then I won't have a care in the world!" B: "Just remember that all that glitters is not gold. The pressures of fame can be difficult."
See also: all, glitter, gold, not, that

glisten with (something)

To shimmer or twinkle with something. Katie's engagement ring looked especially stunning as it glistened with sunlight. Stop teasing her! Can't you see that her eyes are glistening with tears?
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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 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 glitters is not gold

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all that glistens is not gold

If you say all that glitters is not gold or all that glistens is not gold you mean that something or someone may not be as good or as valuable as they first appear. If these offers seem too good to be true, just remember that all that glitters is not gold and you would be well-advised to read the small print. Yes, he's good-looking and he has a nice lifestyle, but all that glistens is not gold.
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all that glitters is not gold

the attractive external appearance of something is not a reliable indication of its true nature. proverb
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ˌall that ˌglitters/ˌglistens/ˌglisters is not ˈgold

(saying) not everything that seems good, attractive, etc. is actually good, etc: Don’t imagine that because they are rich, they are happy. All that glitters is not gold.
The verbs in this idiom all mean ‘shine brightly’.
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all that glitters is not gold

Appearances can be deceiving. A proverbial saying since the late Middle Ages, it appears in numerous languages to this day. O. Henry wrote a story entitled “The Gold That Glittered,” and two other writers observed in addition that “all isn’t garbage that smells.”
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References in classic literature ?
Mother Rigby stood at the threshold, well pleased to see how the sunbeams glistened on him, as if all his magnificence were real, and how diligently and lovingly he smoked his pipe, and how handsomely he walked, in spite of a little stiffness of his legs.
Walking hand-in-hand together on the slopes of Moel Fammau Looking down upon the plain, where the red, Red roofs of Ruthin brightly glistened in the sunshine and the rain Oft times slipping on the carpet sheep-cropped green in lambent light Enchanted by the rain drops on the bracken And the heather, myriad diamonds sparkling bright We were nineteen, we were in love but that Long since magic morning will not ever come again For I am here but you are gone though thememories linger on When we wandered through the bracken going down into the plain And the red, red roofs of Ruth in brightly glistened in the sunshine and the rain.
It glistened on their beards and their beautiful vestments.
The cobweb was sparkling in the early morning sun, The dewdrops glistened on it -just like silver.
Every aspect of this company debut glistened with taste and thoughtful planning.