The quote “All that glitters is not gold” has been used for centuries since it was originally spoken by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice in 1596. The meaning, actually quite simple, is this: Not everything that is superficially attractive is valuable. This phrase also coincides with the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” in that they are able to be defined by the same description. To give a better explanation of these quotes, I have come up with three examples of them in real-life situations.
The first example dates back to the year 1848, or the beginning of the California Gold Rush. People dropped everything to go, but to find that only the industrialists and the wealthy were gaining profit from this. This is a great example because the “forty-niners,” as the gold seekers were called, made their decision to seek after the gold by only what they heard and without considering the consequences of it. The California Gold Rush definitely “glittered,” but to the average person it turned out to be anything but “gold.”
Another situation Shakespeare’s quote applies to is a job interview. When the person applying for a job comes to the interview, the first thing the employer sees is his outward appearance. This person may be well dressed and appear very professional, but the employer can not hire him without asking him questions because he may not have the ability to do the job correctly. The man’s nice appearance is what “glitters,” and his ability to do the job, or not to do the job, is the “gold.”
Finally, this applies to everyday life. Every single person makes judgements every single day, sometimes mistakenly on outward appearance. The following is an example: Jennifer is the new girl in the tenth grade class. Her skin is flawless, her hair perfect, and her clothes without wrinkle, but she has a history of being snotty and stuck up. On her first day at her new school she is shy and doesn’t talk much....