„Appearances are very often both convincing and deceiving.“
Le apparenze spesse volte convincono ed ingannano.
da Il Capello Parlante, Atto III, Scena I
— George Long 1800 - 1879
Context: Could not a boy be taught the elements of astronomy at the sole cost of using his eyes and his brain; taught slowly, certainly, and not wearied with too much at once? Some would learn more than others; but all would learn something. This is real science, real knowledge, which will make a boy wiser, and probably better too. He will learn to observe carefully, and not to be deceived, as we sometimes are, by appearances.
— François-René de Chateaubriand French writer, politician, diplomat and historian 1768 - 1848
Context: A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both. Misattributed to Chateaubriand on the internet and even some recently published books, this statement actually originated with L. P. Jacks in Education through Recreation (1932)
„In war-as-spectacle, appearances could be more important than reality, because appearance often ended up determining reality.“
— Andrew Bacevich United States Army officer 1947
The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005).
„Art is thought, and thought only gives the world an appearance of order to anyone weak enough to be convinced by its show.“
— Colin Wilson author 1931 - 2013
Chapter one, The Country of the Blind
„In order to be able to deceive intentionally, an animal must have a sense of how its actions appear to another individual. Such an ability requires self-awareness.“
— Richard Leakey Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist, and politician 1944
„What appears to us solid is ultimately both a particle and a wavelength, and on that realm everything behaves as both a particle and a wave.“
— Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014
— Alfred Horsley Hinton British photographer 1863 - 1908
— James Frazer Scottish social anthropologist 1854 - 1941
Chapter 6, Magicians as Kings.