Posted by Gary on March 13, 2003
In Reply to: All that glitters is not gold & logic. posted by TheFallen on March 13, 2003
: : : Hi everyone, I am a foreigner to english.
: : : I have just seen the meaning of 'All that glitters is not gold' which is 'a showy article may not nessarily be valuable.' To me that means some showy articles are valuable. So in other words, some objetcs that glitter are gold.
: : : Now my question is if my understanding of that is acceptable, then what is the difference, if there is, between 'All that glitters is not gold', and 'Not all that glitters is gold'?
: : : Thank you.
: : Yes, I believe your understanding is correct: some objects that glitter are gold.
: : I can't see any difference between 'All that glitters is not gold', and 'Not all that glitters is gold'.
: If you're viewing those two statements in strictly logical terms, there is a world of difference between the two, cf. all men are not stupid vs. not all men are stupid.
It has not occurred to me until now that this might be thought ambiguous. I've always read 'all that glitters is not gold' to mean 'not all glittery things are gold'.