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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.
See also: all, glitter, gold, not, that

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: all, glitter, gold, not, that
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

all that glitters is not gold

the attractive external appearance of something is not a reliable indication of its true nature. proverb
See also: all, glitter, gold, not, that
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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’.
See also: all, glisten, glitter, gold, not, that
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.”
See also: all, glitter, gold, not, that
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Now the glistening waters shimmer, shine, as they reflect sun's golden rays.
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They are glistening like wet otters and the water is plashing off the brims of the spectators' sou'westers.
A spokeswoman at Cumani's yard said yesterday: "Glistening and Soulacroix are staying in Australia, and I understand that Soulacroix is due to run in Victoria this weekend."
Once in line for home River Alhaarth, trained by Chapple-Hyam's former husband Peter, was sent to the front but his effort folded as Young Mick and Glistening started to fight it out.
Jane Chapple-Hyam's charge emerged from the clouds under John Egan to claim the valuable handicap with a head to spare from Glistening.
LUCA CUMANI will rely on Glistening in today's totesport Ebor at York after yesterday's late withdrawal of secondstring Soulacroix.
Makin holds a strong hand with both ante-post favourite Glistening and the well supported Soulacroix set to run in his colours in the mileand-six-furlong feature.
Makin holds a strong hand with both ante-post favourite Glistening and the well-supported Soulacroix set to run in his colours in the mile-and-six-furlong feature.
Ante-post backers of Glistening for the Totesport Ebor at York on Wednesday week should be on good terms with themselves - Luca Cumani's colt recently worked brilliantly with trusty lead horse Ettrick Water on the Newmarket gallops.
He's spent a career conditioning the viewer to scan his images for eerie narrative disruptions, but here uses nuance and detail to arguably greater effect--evoking a sense of menace not through over dramatics but through a tiny cut on the girl's face and an orchid that leers at her from the edge of the frame; desire not through blatant lasciviousness but through a plate of glistening fruit at the woman's hip.
Mary-kateandashley Shimmer Plus All Over Color Stick in Glistening Pink, $3, Walmart He'll write sonnets about your eyes, lips and cheeks!
It became a glistening speck, drifting down and landing on the Christ child's cheek.
Available in four brilliant metallic colors, including New Lustrous Peal White, Copper, Silver, and Gold, these Watercolor Liquid Metals offer brilliant, glistening, and shimmering metallic colors in an acid-free watercolor based media.
The article includes not one flippant word, but your cover illustration made me wince, and reading text around the repulsive face and glistening lips was disturbing.