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».

Other Proverbs

Hacia la Virgen de El Pilar comienza el tiempo a cambiar.
Nunca es tarde si la dicha es buena. / Better later than never.
Atar los perros con longanizas / To tie the dogs with sausages
Cuando fuiste martillo no tuviste clemencia, ahora que es yunque, ten paciencia.

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