Thegloryof God isman, and thegloryof manishisdress. Anonymous c.450 Babylonian Talmud. Quoted in Barton Stevenson (ed)
The Macmillan Book of
Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases (1948).
For Mercy has a human heart Pity a human face: And Love, the human
form divine, And Peace, the
human dress. William Blake Songs of Innocence,'The Divine Image'.
You must understand that this is not a woman's dress I'm wearing. It's a
man's dress. David real name David Robert Jones Bowie Quoted in Maxim
Jakubowski The Wit and Wisdom of Rock and Roll (1983).
The difference inthis case between a manof senseand a fop, is,
thatthefopvalueshimself uponhis dress; theman of sense laughs at
it, at the same time that he knows he must not neglect
it. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield Letter to his son,19 Nov.
There isno suchthing as a moral dress It's people who are moral or
immoral. Jeanette ne e Jeanette Jerome Churchill 'That Moral Dress', in the Daily Chronicle,16 Feb.
Ce n'est gue' re que dans les asiles que les coquettes gardent avec
ente" tement une foi entie' re en des regards absents;
normalement, elles re clament des te moins. Women fond of dress
are hardly ever entirely satisfied not to be seen,
except among the insane; usually they want witnesses. Simone de Beauvoir Le Deuxie' m e Sexe (The Second Sex), bk.2, pt.5,
ch.18 (translated by H M
Wasthere ever sucha sunnystreet asthis Broadway! The pavement stones are
polished with thetread of feet until they shine again Heaven save the ladies,
how they dress! We have seen
more colours in these ten minutes, than we should have
seen elsewhere, in as many days. What various
parasols! what rainbow silks and satins! what pinking of
thin stockings and pinching of thin shoes, and
fluttering of ribbons and silk tassels, and display of rich cloaks
with gaudy hoods and linings! CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens American Notes.
Youmust dressaccording toyourage, yourpursuits, your object in life. Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield Disraeli Endymion, ch.23.
'I know of no joy,'she airily began,'greater than a cool white dress after
the sweetness of confession.' (ArthurAnnesley) Ronald Firbank Valmouth, ch.4.
Fond Pride of Dress is sure an Empty Curse; E'er Fancy you
consult, consult your Purse. Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard Improved, May.
Their dress is very independent of fashion; as they observe,'What does
it signify how we dress here at Cranford, where everybody knows us?'And if they go from home, their
reason is equally cogent,'What does it signify how we
dress here, where nobody knows us?' Mrs Elizabeth Cleghorn ne e Stevenson Gaskell ^3 Of the Cranford ladies. Cranford, ch.1.
Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will,
in general, become of no more value than their dress. William Hazlitt Political Essays,'On the Clerical Character'.
sweet disorder in the dress 400 Kindles in clothes
a wantonness: A lawn about the
shoulders thrown Into a fine
distraction A careless
shoe-string, in whose tie I see a wild
civility: Do more bewitch me,
than when Art Is too precise in
every part. Robert Herrick 'Delight in Disorder'.
Dress is a form of visual art, a creation of images with the visible self as its
medium. Anne Hollander Seeing Through Clothes, ch.5.
Her crocus dress she wore, lowcut, belongings on show. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce Ulysses.
Are simple women only fit To dress, to darn,
to flower or knit, To mind the
distaff, or the spit? Why are the needle
and the pen Thought
incompatible by men? 507 Esther married name Clark Lewis 'A Mirror for Detractors', l.146^50.
The car has becomeanarticle ofdresswithout whichwe feel uncertain,
unclad, and incomplete in the urban compound. (Herbert) Marshall McLuhan Understanding Media, ch.22.
The root of Evil, Avarice That damn'd
ill-natur'd, baneful Vice, Was Slave to
Prodigality, That noble Sin;
whilst Luxury Employed a Million
of the Poor, And odious Pride a
Million more; Envy itself, and
Vanity, Were Ministers of
Industry; Their darling
Folly, Fickleness, In Diet, Furniture
and Dress That strange
ridic'lous Vice, was made That very Wheel
that turned theTrade. Bernard Mandeville The Fable of the Bees, or, Private Vices, Publick
Benefits (2nd edn.).
It's better to be dead, or even perfectly well, than to suffer from the
wrong affliction. The man who owns up to arthritis in a
beri-beri year is as lonely as a woman in a last month's dress.
(Frederic) Ogden Nash 'How'sYour Sacro-iliac?', in the Saturday Evening
Post, 14 Oct.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst
state, an intolerable one.Government, like dress, is the
badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built
upon the bowers of paradise. Thomas Paine Common Sense, ch.1.
Expression is the dress of thought. Alexander Pope An Essay on Criticism, l.318.
When did we begin to dress ourselves? Adrienne Cecile Rich Diving into theWreck,'Blood-Sister'.
We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because,
as a nation, we don't dress well and we've no manners. George Bernard Shaw Valentine to Dolly and Philip Clandon. You Never
In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow
candle-light. In summer, quite
the other way, I have to go to bed
by day. I have to go to bed
and see The birds still
hopping on the tree, Or hear the
grown-up people's feet Still going past me
in the street. Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden ofVerses, no.1,'Bed in Summer', stanzas1^2.
The sun hums
down through the cotton flowers of her dress into the bell
of her heart and buzzes in the honey there and couches
and kisses, lazy-loving and boozed, in her red-berried
breast. Dylan Marlais Thomas Under MilkWood.
Ihold that gentlemanto be thebest dressedwhose dress no one observes. Anthony Trollope Thackeray, ch.9.
Before I taught my tongue to wound My conscience with
a sinful sound, Or had the black
art to dispense A several sin to
every sense, But felt through
all this fleshly dress Bright shoots of
everlastingness. Henry Vaughan Silex Scintillans,'The Retreat'.
An aged man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon
a stick, unless Soul clap its hands
and sing, and louder sing For every tatter in
its mortal dress. W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats 'Sailing to Byzantium', stanza 8. Collected in TheTower (1928).