I came across a quote today, it is,
As a person it's what's on the inside that counts. It's what's on the outside that matters.
Please explain the quote for me. Are count and matter opposites?
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In fact in this case, count and matter are actually synonyms.
3 [no object] be significant:
it did not matter what the audience thought—it was the critics that counted
matter verb [no object]
1 [usually with negative or in questions] be important or significant:
it doesn’t matter what the guests wear
Both from ODO
Both mean “is significant”.
However, I suspect that your quote is wrong, and it should be
As a person it's what's on the inside that counts. What's on the outside doesn't matter.
That is, it's someone's heart and intentions which are important, not what they seem to be.
"count" and "matter" are synonyms and mean "is significant.
Regarding this quote "count" would mean for me: - Based on your personality people can "count" on you or not. It´s significant for a relationship that people can "count" on you, and they usually "count" this invisible values like realiability, loyalty, etc. . If you are not there for somebody, this person might not be there for you in the long run (as it is the inside what counts)
"matter" would mean for me: Your apperance, body language, gestures, clothing is the matter, "subject", "substance", everyone will observe and judge. Everyone is superficial (some people are more tolerant). If somebody looks like a wreck her appearance could result in backbiting. Which person would you like to date: 1) a person who is beautiful for you 2) the ugly duck. If you choose 1): It´s the outside what matters for you.
If you choose 2): It´s the inside that counts for you.
But I believe that you are like me, so: As a person it's what's on the inside that counts and it's what's on the outside that matters for you.