judge anything's essence by first observations

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Hello there,

Recently, I saw a sentence in an essay which reads: It is universally acknowledged that we should not judge anything’s essence just by our first observation.
I guess what the author meant was it's never appropriate to judge a book by its cover, but the above expression sounds a bit unnatural. Does it need any improvements and how?

  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    It expresses its meaning clearly and avoids the use of the well-worn cliché of the book-cover. Why would you want to change it?

    You might tell us where you read it. "An essay" might be the work of a modern student in Taiwan or of a great philosopher of the 19th century. The choice of vocabulary suggests that it might not be the former.
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