A person may be good
looking having an attrective
character .But he may not
possess any real ability or
talent.He can even turn out
to be unscurpulous too.
The original form of this
phrase was 'all that glitters is
not gold'. The 'glitters'
version long ago superseded
the original and is now
almost universally used.
Shakespeare is the best-known
writer to have expressed the idea
that shiny things aren't necessarily
precious things. The original
editions of The Merchant of
Venice, 1596, have the line as 'all
that glisters is not gold'. 'Glister' is
usually replaced by 'glitter' in
modern renditions of the play:
O hell! what have we here?
A carrion Death, within whose empty eye
There is a written scroll! I'll read the writing.
All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been inscroll'd:
Fare you well; your suit is cold.