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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Apparel
 
  Let thy attyre bee comely, but not costly.
Lyly.    
  1
        Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man.
Shakespeare.    
  2
                        She’s adorned
Amply, that in her husband’s eye looks lovely—
The truest mirror that an honest wife
Can see her beauty in!
John Tobin.    
  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.
Cowper.    
  4
        Through tatter’d clothes small vices do appear;
Robes and furr’d gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold,
And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks;
Arm it in rags, a pigmy’s straw doth pierce it.
Shakespeare.    
  5
                            Her polish’d limbs,
Veil’d in a simple robe, their best attire;
Beyond the pomp of dress; for Loveliness
Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,
But is, when unadorn’d, adorn’d the most.
Thomson.    
  6
  He that is proud of the rustling of his silks, like a madman, laughs at the rattling of his fetters. For indeed, Clothes ought to be our remembrancers of our lost innocency.
Fuller.    
  7
        So for thy spirit did devise
Its maker seemly garniture,
Of its own essence parcel pure—
From grave simplicities a dress,
And reticent demureness,
And love encinctured with reserve;
Which the woven vesture would subserve.
For outward robes in their ostents
Should show the soul’s habiliments.
Therefore I say—thou’rt fairer even so,
But better Fair I use to know.
Francis Thompson.    
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