All That Glisters
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“All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgement old
Your answer had not been inscroll’d
Fare you well, your suit is cold.”
The line comes from the secondary plot, the puzzle of Portia’s boxes (Act II – Scene VII – Prince of Morocco) in William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice.
“All that glitters is not gold” is a well-known saying, meaning that not everything that looks precious is precious.
The popular form of the expression is a corruption of the 17th century synonym “glisters”.
Those who come to Benaras have to remember that gold in its raw form appears dull and does not glitter.
Then they will leave the Eternal city with something glittering in their heart and soul.
This picture was shot near Assi ghat at dawn when the holy waters of the Ganges become liquid gold…
(There is no editing on this)