you can’t tell a book by its cover
1929 American Speech IV. 465 You can’t judge a book by its binding.
1946 ROLFE & FULLER Glass Room i. ‘Forgive me, sir,’ he said. ‘I had you all wrong. You can never tell a book by its cover.’
1954 R. HAYDN Journal of Edwin Carp 131 This is a nice respectable street, wouldn’t you say, sir?.. Unfortunately, sir, you can’t tell a book by its cover.
1969 S. MAY et al. You can’t judge Book by its Cover (song) 1 I can’t let you know you’re getting to me..‘cause you can’t judge a book by its cover. My pappa used to say, look, child, look beyond a tender smile.
1984 D. CANNELL Thin Woman xii. Appreciate your allowing me to participate, but you should be less trusting, Ellie—can’t always judge a book by its cover.
2001 Bookseller 9 Nov. 28 Don’t judge a book by its cover, read it for yourself at BookBrowse.com.
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