The cowl does not make the monk

Key ideas: Appearances

Meaning: The founding idea of this proverb is the one of appearances. This statement recommends not judging the people for their external appearances, as not always the aspect coincide with the internal values of a person. For this reason it is frequently said that appearances deceive.

Lexical features: The cowl is the accessory of the cloth worn by the priests of some religious orders to cover their heads. While Shave stands for the «beauty».

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Donde fueres, haz lo que vieres
En tierra de ciegos el tuerto es rey
A quien Dios se la dé, San Pedro se la bendiga
El que ríe el último, ríe mejor

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