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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."
See also: all, glisten, gold, not, that
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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’.
See also: all, glisten, glitter, gold, not, that
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Det Sgt Glister, leading the search for Rosie's mother, said Rosie was in good health, and added: "She's settled down really well."
In what was described as a "disturbing set of events", Consett Magistrates' Court heard how 27-year-old Lisa Glister damaged a door lock by barging into a former neighbour's home at Fern Avenue in South Stanley, County Durham.
Pictured (from left), Anthony Easton, Richard Robinson and David Wharton were given the country''s top award the Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious service of 1976 for an inshore lifeboat crew.
If it had done so, most of the glister would have been wiped off his "golden scenario" of growth with low inflation and falling unemployment.
A trio of film scores also added cinematic glister to proceedings, delivering a vibrant, exhilarating sound through the big stage's speakers.
Glister by John Burnside (Random House, pounds 14.99 hardback).
BILLERICAY: Steven (Wicks 79); Coxford, Schofield, Glister (Hudson 72), Collings; Harman, Smith; Pearmain (Hallett 35), Daly (capt), Bond (Brown 79), Clow, Holdgate, Green, (White 62), Bailey, Hayter.
Boffins do not believe the 'cheat' was an act of deception to hide the ' impurity of the gold, but more likely atechnique developed to improve and enhance its appearance, to make it glister more.
Robert Glister had given the Waggon the lead, but Liam Grant then levelled from a corner.
All that seems to glister is gold, with SubSea Resources pocketing the wealth of a cargo once destined for a country fighting for democracy.
Singer Jacqueline Dankworth's readings particularly of Someone to Watch Over Me tread abland path, all sophisticated nightclub glister in place of the desired Broadway brashness.
Waggon proved too strong for lowly Fourtrees as they cruised home 11-0 thanks to trebles from Ryan Lowes and Steve Mullholland, two from Colin Galbraith and singles from Paddy McNally, Rob Glister and David Murray.
Detective Sergeant Kelly Glister said: "The bag itself is a real mystery to us and we would like any information about where it comes from."