You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
You shouldn’t form an opinion on someone or something based purely on what you see on the surface, because usually after taking a deeper look, the person or thing will not be what you expected it to be.
When looking for something to read, people will often times only glance at the cover of a book before making a decision. Due to this, many books get overlooked merely due to the title or picture on the front of them being unappealing to the eye. However, if one were to open the book up and peer into its contents, they’d probably find that they were missing out on some interesting and valuable information. Hence, don’t judge a book by its cover!
The phrase is also applied to people. How? Well, before getting to know someone, a person tends to first judge others based on their outward appearance, their nationality, or other external factors. It’s a shame, though, because while a person might look rough on the outside, you can never truly know what they are like on the inside unless you ‘open’ them up and get to know them.
The phrase goes back to at least the mid-19th century, as seen in the newspaper Piqua Democrat, June 1867:
“Don’t judge a book by its cover, see a man by his cloth, as there is often a good deal of solid worth and superior skill underneath a [???] jacket and yaller pants.”
The print in the newspaper I was looking at was really small and hard to read, but even so, I tried quoting it as accurately as possible. Regardless, there was enough clarity to make out the phrase for sure.
As you can see the envelope is becoming it’s own a work of art. Click on the envelope to see details.
For the purpose of showing you the envelope, I placed Emily’s photograph over the next person’s name and address.
The envelope is only the cover of an interesting project involving an online collaboration.