For should thesoul of a prince enterand informthebody of a cobbler, as soon as deserted by his own soul, everyone sees he would be the same person with the prince, accountable only for the prince's actions; but who would say it was the same man?john locke: 1690 Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk.2, pt.27, section15.
Ne supra crepidam sutor iudicaret. Let the cobbler stick to his last.Quoted in Pliny Naturalis Historia, 35.36.85. A cobbler who had criticized Apelles' way of rendering a sandal in one of his paintings, proceeded to criticize the rest of the painting as well. The expression became proverbial.
I'm your narrator. It's my task to sayJust where and how things happen in our play,Set the bare stage with words instead of propsAnd keep on talking till the curtain drops. ...It's an old task — old as the human heart,Old as those bygone players and their artWho, in old days when faith was nearer earth,Played out the mystery of Jesus' birthIn hall or village green or market squareFor all who chose to come and see them there,And, if they knew that King Herod, in his crown,Was really Wat, the cobbler of the town,And Tom, the fool, played Abraham the Wise,They did not care. They saw with other eyes.The story was their own — not far away,As real as if it happened yesterday,Full of all awe and wonder yet so near,A marvelous thing that could have happened hereIn their own town — a star that could have blazedOn their own shepherds, leaving them amazed,Frightened and questioning and following stillTo the bare stable — and the miracle.stephen vincent benét: Narrator
Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.Isaac Bickerstaffe: Reported in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908), p. 221.
They claim to be the first inventors of those recondite beverages, cocktail, stonefence, and sherry cobbler.washington irving: Book IV, ch. 241.
All kids draw and write poetry and everything, and some of us last until we're about eighteen, but most drop off at about twelve when some guy comes up and says, "You're no good." That's all we get told all our lives. "You haven't got the ability. You're a cobbler." It happened to all of us, but if somebody had told me all my life, "Yeah, you're a great artist," I would have been a more secure person.john lennon: p. 9 (The Beatles Anthology (2000))
On being shown a relic said to be a bone of St. Elizabeth, he (Sigismund) turned it over and remarked that it could just as well be that of a dead cobbler.barbara tuchman: p. 542 (A Distant Mirror (1978))
Fortune in men has some small diff'rence made, One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade; The cobbler apron'd, and the parson gown'd, The friar hooded, and the monarch crown'd.Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 195.
" many seemingly independent businessmen or craftsman are more or less well paid retainers of larger corporations, such as the cobbler, operating a United States shoe machine or an automobile dealer holding a license of the General Motors Corporation."paul a. baran: Chapter Four, Standstill and Movement Under Monopoly Capitalism, II, p. 84
I've never met a very memorable cobbler.carson cistulli: Assorted Fictions (2006)
Thou art a cobbler, art thou? Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl: * * * I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes.William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act I, scene 1, line 23.
What trade are you? Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobbler.William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act I, scene 1, line 9.
A cobbler, * * * produced several new grins of his own invention, having been used to cut faces for many years together over his last.Joseph Addison, Spectator, No. 173.