When did we begin to dress ourselves?Adrienne Cecile Rich: 1973 Diving into theWreck,'Blood-Sister'.
The car has becomeanarticle ofdresswithout whichwe feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete in the urban compound.(Herbert) Marshall McLuhan: 1964 Understanding Media, ch.22.
'I know of no joy,'she airily began,'greater than a cool white dress after the sweetness of confession.'(ArthurAnnesley) Ronald Firbank: 1919 Valmouth, ch.4.
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: 1954 Under MilkWood.
Her crocus dress she wore, lowcut, belongings on show.James Augustine Aloysius Joyce: 1922 Ulysses.
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: 1723 The Fable of the Bees, or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits (2nd edn.).
Youmust dressaccording toyourage, yourpursuits, your object in life.Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield: 1880 Endymion, ch.23.
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: 1896 Valentine to Dolly and Philip Clandon. You Never CanTell, act1.
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: 1885 A Child's Garden ofVerses, no.1,'Bed in Summer', stanzas1-2.
Dress is a form of visual art, a creation of images with the visible self as its medium.1975 Seeing Through Clothes, ch.5.
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: 1851-3 Of the Cranford ladies. Cranford, ch.1.
Expression is the dress of thought.Alexander Pope: 1711An Essay on Criticism, l.318.
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: 1776 Common Sense, ch.1.
Fond Pride of Dress is sure an Empty Curse; E'er Fancy you consult, consult your Purse.Benjamin Franklin: 1751Poor Richard Improved, May.
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.Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of: 1745 Letter to his son,19 Nov.
Thegloryof God isman, and thegloryof manishisdress.c.450 Babylonian Talmud. Quoted in Barton Stevenson (ed) The Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases (1948).
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!charles dickens: 1842 American Notes.
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: 1933 'How'sYour Sacro-iliac?', in the Saturday Evening Post, 14 Oct.
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: 1926 'Sailing to Byzantium', stanza 8. Collected in TheTower (1928).
Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.william hazlitt: 1819 Political Essays,'On the Clerical Character'.
A mancannot dress,but hisideasgetcloath'datthesame time.Laurence Sterne: 1759-67 Tristram Shandy, bk.9, ch.13.
There isno suchthing as a moral dress It's people who are moral or immoral.1921 'That Moral Dress', in the Daily Chronicle,16 Feb.
You must understand that this is not a woman's dress I'm wearing. It's a man's dress.Quoted in Maxim Jakubowski The Wit and Wisdom of Rock and Roll (1983).
For Mercy has a human heart Pity a human face: And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress.william blake: 1789 Songs of Innocence,'The Divine Image'.
A 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: 1648 'Delight in Disorder'.