Why do we say "All that glitters is not gold.

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All that glitters is not gold


What might seem attractive at first glance doesn't always turn out to be.


The earliest known record of this expression is in Geoffrey Chaucer's The House of Fame (1384).

Lo, how a woman doth amis,
To love him that unknowen is!
For, by Crist, lo! thus hit fareth;
'Hit is not al gold, that glareth.'

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