all that glitters is not gold

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Translation of Latin nōn omne quod nitet aurum est (not all that shines is gold).

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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 0-679-44554-4, p. 9.