Isn't all that glitters gold? What does this expression mean?
The expression concerns not only people, but also things. And he says that looks are deceiving. And jewelry fakes - shine beautifully, but the truth? So a person is beautiful, and not good for anything. All this says that you don't need to be greedy for external surroundings. You need to get to the bottom of the truth. And not always what catches the eye is of real value. Very often a guy or a girl looks beautiful, but inside they turn out to be such "goats" ...
This suggests that appearances are deceiving. This is about people. After all, maybe this is how you see a handsome guy or a beautiful girl walking and you think that he is just a treasure, when the phone rang him and his whole speech is jargon and mat. That is, the shell does not match the content.
Shakespeare when I wrote this expression in Merchant of Venice meant that behind the golden shell is not always the most precious and necessary content.
In short, there was one girl, a rich heiress, who had to choose a husband for herself, she loved Bassanio, a friend of a Venetian merchant, he did not seem to be rich.
She promised that she would marry whoever finds her portrait in one of the three chests.
The Moroccan prince was the first to choose, he chose a golden chest, and this famous expression was in nm.
The Prince of Aragon chose the second, he chose the silver chest.
Bassanio chose the third of the three chests, he chose a casket of lead, on which was written
There was a portrait of his beloved.
As I understand this expression. Sometimes you look at a person, like everything is perfect in nm, but as you dig, you will see that his soul is not at all made of gold.
So this is very common.
This expression says that not everything is valuable, that it looks good.
For example, in addition to gold, foil can still shine.
For example, mushrooms may look beautiful and you want to pick them, but they can be poisonous. Or a person looks beautiful, but be stupid and bad on the inside.
Popular wisdom is right, not all that glitters is gold. Many metals have a luster after polishing - but not all are gold. The proverb is based on the fact that you can find many "shiny" objects, but not all of them will be gold.
In the transfer to people, the proverb says that not all brilliant people are gold, i.e. have a golden character. In fact, this can be said about any person, no matter how they look great, but everyone's character is not at all golden (in principle, this is not bad, since gold is a soft metal). There is also a subtext in the fact that there are not many truly close, dear (golden) people, since they, like a real jewel, are not common in nature.
The meaning of this proverb (like most others) is allegorical. The point is not at all the brilliance of metals or any other substances. And in general, not in brilliance, as in the reflection of light.
The conversation is about the relationship between the Outside and the Inside. Shine means everything that is perishable, shallow. It's like a candy wrapper on a candy bar. Sometimes it's beautiful, but the candy itself is a bit bitter. And by real Gold they mean here the true value (or even the preciousness) of such human qualities, which are not pretentious, not prominent, but constitute the main part of his soul.
If I were asked to come up with impromptu counterparts to this proverb, they would sound like this:
Not all that shines.
Not all the necklace that plays in the sun.
It happens that a tin can also shines, but not a gold one.
I was convinced of this. "Honey mixture in an evil tongue", - so I would call it.