To one commending an orator for his skill in amplifying petty matters, Agesilaus said: I do not think that shoemaker a good workman that makes a great shoe for a little foot. Agesilaus the GreatLaconic Apophthegmns.
Ye tuneful cobblers! still your notes prolong, Compose at once a slipper and a song; So shall the fair your handiwork peruse, Your sonnets sure shall pleaseperhaps your shoes. ByronEnglish Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 751.
Si calceum induisses, tum demum sentires qua parte te urgeret. If you had taken off the shoe then, at length you would feel in what part it pinched you. Quoted by Erasmus as founded on the remarks of Paulus Æmilius when he divorced his wife.
Let firm, well hammerd soles protect thy feet Through freezing snows, and rains, and soaking sleet; Should the big last extend the shoe too wide, Each stone will wrench the unwary step aside; The sudden turn may stretch the swelling vein, The cracking joint unhinge, or ankle sprain; And when too short the modish shoes are worn, Youll judge the seasons by your shooting corn. GayTrivia. Bk. I. L. 33.
I was not made of common calf, Nor ever meant for country loon; If with an axe I seem cut out, The workman was no cobbling clown; A good jack boot with double sole he made, To roam the woods, or through the rivers wade. Giuseppe GiustiThe Chronicle of the Boot.
Marry because you have drank with the king, And the king hath so graciously pledged you, You shall no more be called shoemakers. But you and yours to the worlds end Shall be called the trade of the gentle craft. Probably a play of George A. Greene. Time of Edward IV.
As he cobbled and hammered from morning till dark, With the footgear to mend on his knees, Stitching patches, or pegging on soles as he sang, Out of tune, ancient catches and glees. Oscar H. HarpelThe Haunted Cobbler.
One said he wondered that leather was not dearer than any other thing. Being demanded a reason: because, saith he, it is more stood upon than any other thing in the world. HazlittShakespeare Jest Books. Conceits, Clinches, Flashes and Whimzies. No. 86.
Quand nous veoyons un homme mal chaussé, nous disons que ce nest pas merveille, sil est chaussetier. When we see a man with bad shoes, we say it is no wonder, if he is a shoemaker. MontaigneEssays. Bk. I. Ch. XXIV.
Ne supra crepidam judicaret. Shoemaker, stick to your last. Proverb quoted by Pliny the ElderHistoria Naturalis. XXXV. 10. 36. According to Cardinal Wiseman, it should read a shoemaker should not go above his latchet. See his Points of Contact between Science and Art. Note under Sculpture. Ne sutor supra crepidam. Given by BüchmannGeflügelte Worte, as correct phrase. Ne sutor ultra crepidam, as quoted by Erasmus. Same idea in Non sentis, inquit, te ultra malleum loqui? Do you not perceive that you are speaking beyond your hammer? To a blacksmith criticising music. Athenæus.
Hans Grovendraad, an honest clown, By cobbling in his native town, Had earned a living ever. His work was strong and clean and fine, And none who served at Crispins shrine Was at his trade more clever. Jan van RyswickHans Grovendraad. Translated from the French by F. W. Ricord.
Rap, rap! upon the well-worn stone, How falls the polished hammer! Rap, rap! the measured sound has grown A quick and merry clamor. Now shape the sole! now deftly curl The glassy vamp around it, And bless the while the bright-eyed girl Whose gentle fingers bound it! WhittierThe Shoemakers.