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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Coxcomb
 
  Once a coxcomb, always a coxcomb.
Dr. Johnson.    
  1
  A coxcomb is the blockhead’s man of merit.
La Bruyère.    
  2
  A coxcomb is ugly all over with the affectation of the fine gentleman.
Johnson.    
  3
  A coxcomb is four-fifths affectation and one-fifth vanity.
Haliburton.    
  4
  A man of sense and gravity is less apt to succeed with a fine woman than the gay, the giddy, the flattering coxcomb.
Henry Horne.    
  5
                                This is he
That kiss’d away his hand in courtesy;
This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice,
That when he plays at tables, chides the dice
In honorable terms; nay, he can sing
A mean most meanly; and in ushering,
Mend him who can; the ladies call him, sweet;
The stairs, as he treads on them, kiss his feet.
Shakespeare.    
  6
            He was perfum’d like a milliner:
And ’twixt his finger and his thumb he held
A pouncet-box, which ever and anon
He gave his nose: and still he smil’d and talk’d;
And as the soldiers bore dead bodies by,
He call’d them untaught knaves, unmannerly,
To bring a slovenly unhandsome corpse
Betwixt the wind and his nobility.
Shakespeare.    
  7
  A vulgar man is captious and jealous; eager and impetuous about trifles. He suspects himself to be slighted, and thinks everything that is said meant at him.
Chesterfield.    
  8
  All the world says of a coxcomb that he is a coxcomb; but no one dares to say so to his face, and he dies without knowing it.
La Bruyère.    
  9
  None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves.
Colton.    
  10
  A coxcomb begins, by determining that his own profession is the first; and he finishes by deciding that he is the first of his profession.
Colton.    
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