Posted by ESC on December 04, 2000
In Reply to: Origin of "Never judge a book by its cover" posted by Jim Allers on December 04, 2000
: What is the origin of the phrase "Never judge a book by its cover"?
I couldn't find an origin.
DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER - "Don't judge things by their appearance only. Originated in the United States. First attested in the journal 'American Speech' . Has been used in Britain since 1954 (Murder in Haste' by H. Gardiner. Found in varying forms..." "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).