all that glitters is not gold

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Calque of Latin nōn omne quod nitet aurum est (not all that shines is gold). Popularized by William Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice, see quotations.

ProverbEdit

all that glitters is not gold

  1. Things that appear valuable or worthwhile might not actually be so; things that look nice might not be as good as they look.

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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, →ISBN, p. 9.