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John Lee is dead, that good old man,--
  We ne'er shall see him more:
    He used to wear an old drab coat
      All buttoned down before.
      - Unattributed Author,
        in Matherne Churchyard, to John Lee's memory, who died May 21, 1823

A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.
      - Abigail Adams

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
      - Aesop

Who seems most hideous when adorned the most.
  [Lat., Che quant' era piu ornata, era piu brutta.]
      - Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso
         (XX, 116)

Thy clothes are all the soul thou hast.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Honest Man's Fortune
         (act V, sc. 3, l. 170)

To a woman, the consciousness of being will dressed gives a sense of tranquility which religion fails to bestow.
      - Mrs. Helen Bell

And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him:
  And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. XXXVII, v. 23-24)

A painted vest Prince Voltiger had on,
  Which from a naked Pict his grandsire won.
      - attributed to Sir Richard Blackmore

To treat a poor wretch with a bottle of Burgundy, and fill his snuff-box, is like giving a pair of laced ruffles to a man that has never a shirt on his back.
      - Tom Brown, Laconics

Gars auld claes look amaist as weel's the new.
      - Robert Burns, The Cotter's Saturday Night

His locked, lettered, braw brass collar,
  Shewed him the gentleman and scholar.
      - Robert Burns, The Twa Dogs

And said to myself, as I lit my cigar,
  "Supposing a man had the wealth of the Czar
    Of the Russias to boot, for the rest of his days,
      On the whole do you think he would have much to spare
        If he married a woman with nothing to wear?"
      - William Allen Butler, Nothing to Wear

But I do mean to say, I have heard her declare,
  When at the same moment she had on a dress
    Which cost five hundred dollars, and not a cent less,
      And jewelry worth tem times more, I should guess,
        That she had not a thing in the wide world to wear!
      - William Allen Butler, Nothing to Wear

Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls;
  Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
    Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in;
      Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
        Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall--
          All of them different in color and shape,
            Silk, muslin, and lace, velvet, satin, and crape,
              Brocade and broadcloth, and other material,
                Quite as expensive and much more ethereal; . . .
      - William Allen Butler, Nothing to Wear

Miss Flora M'Flimsey, of Madison Square,
  Has made three separate journeys to Paris,
    And her father assures me, each time she was there
      That she and her friend Mrs. Harris . . .
        Spent six consecutive weeks, without stopping
          In one continuous round of shopping-- . . .
            And yet, though scarce three months have passed since the day
              This merchandise went, on twelve carts, up Broadway,
                This same Miss M'Flimsey, of Madison Square
                  The last time we met was in utter despair,
                    Because she had nothing whatever to wear!
      - William Allen Butler, Nothing to Wear

Around his form his loose long robe was thrown,
  And wrapt a breast bestowed on heaven alone.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Corsair (canto II, st. 3)

Dress drains our cellar dry,
  And keeps our larder lean; puts out our fires
    And introduces hunger, frost, and woe,
      Where peace and hospitality might reign.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 614)

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. . . . It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.
      - Albert Einstein

When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: "If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits."
      - Albert Einstein

I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
      - Epictetus

Any garment which is cut to fit you is much more becoming, even if it is not so splendid as a garment which has been cut to fit somebody not of your stature.
      - Edna Ferber

Beauty when most unclothed is clothed best.
      - Phineas Fletcher, Sicelides
         (act II, sc. 4)

He that is proud of the rustling of his silks, like a madman, laughs at the ratling of his fetters. For indeed, Clothes ought to be our remembrancers of our lost innocency.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy and Profane States--Apparel

A night-cap deck'd his brows instead of bay,
  A cap by night,--a stocking all the day.
      - Oliver Goldsmith,
        Description of an Author's Bedchamber,
        in "Citizen of the World", Letter 30, "The Author's Club"

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