Don't judge a book by its cover
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For the Desperate Housewives episode, see You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover (Desperate Housewives). For the song popularized by Bo Diddley, see You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover.
- In George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss (1860), Mr Tulliver uses the phrase in discussing Daniel Defoe's The History of the Devil, saying how it was beautifully bound.
- The preceding version was then publicised by the 1946 murder mystery novel by Edwin Rolfe and Lester Fuller, Murder in the Glass Room, in the form of "You can never tell a book by its cover."
- On the evening of May 24th, 2016, Patrick Webb used a similar idiom to warn of the perils of judging whisky by the container with which it's bottled in.
- "Judging a Book: New P. G. Wodehouse covers from W. W, Norton", The Quivering Pen, 20 June 2012.
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