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some quotes I had noted down from various books

Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth. But we seem to have no other. ~Ivy Compton-Burnett

I have always a sacred veneration for anyone I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher. ~Jonathan Swift

It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect. ~Jean Cocteau

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only. ~Samuel Butler, Erewhon

Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it. ~Maurice Chevalier

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person. ~P.J. O'Rourke

Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. ~Lord Chesterfield

The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it. ~Daniel Webster

Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets. ~Baltasar Gracian
(You have a serious issue with appearance.)

The end of William Wordsworth's "The tables turned" appeared in a novel by Aldous Huxley once; I haven't been able to forget it since.

Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
Two funny quotes that stick in my mind are from Foucalt's Pendulum by Umberto Eco:

"The SS, apparently, are descended from the Seven Dwarfs"

"Hi there beautiful, ... Made that suicide attempt yet?"
Read somewhere

"Loving hearts never grow old"

"Everything that is required for a happy life lies in you"

From shakespeare

"There is nothing good or bad except the thinking that makes it so"
A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it. --- The Silmarillion
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