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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Tailor
 
  Great is the tailor, but not the greatest.
Carlyle.    
  1
  Thy clothes are all the soul thou hast.
Beaumont and Fletcher.    
  2
  Thou art a strange fellow: a tailor make a man? Ay, a tailor, sir; a stone-cutter or a painter could not have made him so ill, though he had been but two hours at the trade.
Shakespeare.    
  3
        Thy gown? why, ay,—come, tailor, let us see’t.
O mercy, God! what masquing stuff is here?
What’s this? a sleeve; ’tis like a demi-cannon:
What, up and down, carv’d like an apple-tart?
Here’s snip and nip and cut and slish and slash.
Like to a censer in a barber’s shop;
Why, what i’ devil’s name, tailor, call’st thou this!
Shakespeare.    
  4
        O monstrous arrogance, thou liest, thou thread,
Thou thimble,
Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail,
Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter-cricket, thou:—
Brav’d in mine own house with a skein of thread!
Away thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant;
Or I shall so be-mete thee with thy yard,
As thou shalt think on prating whilst thou liv’st!
Shakespeare.    
  5
                    What a fine man
Hath your tailor made you!
Massinger.    
  6
        Sister, look ye,
How, by a new creation of my tailor’s
I’ve shook off old mortality.
John Ford.    
  7
        Yes, if they would thank their maker,
And seek no further; but they have new creators,
God tailor and god mercer.
Massinger.    
  8
                        Thou villain base,
Know’st me not by my clothes?
  No, nor thy tailor, rascal,
Who is thy grandfather; he made those clothes,
Which, as it seems, make thee.
Shakespeare.    
  9
                As if thou e’er wert angry
But with thy tailor! and yet that poor shred
Can bring more to the making up of a man,
Than can be hoped from thee; thou art his creature;
And did he not, each morning, new create thee,
Thou’dst stink and be forgotten.
Massinger.    
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