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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Dress
 
A good shape is in the shear’s mouth.  1
A smart coat is a good letter of introduction.  Dutch.  2
A slovenly dress betokens a careless mind.  Don Quixote.  3
A well-formed figure needs no cloak.  Portuguese.  4
An affectation in dress implies a flaw in the understanding.  5
An old ewe dressed lamb fashion.  6
As a man dresses so is he esteemed.  Danish.  7
Clothes make the man.  Dutch.  8
Dress drains our cellar dry,
And keeps our larder clean.  Cooper.
  9
Dress slowly when you are in a hurry.  French.  10
Every one sees his smart coat, no one sees his shrunken belly.  Danish.  11
Fine clothes often hide a base descent.  12
Fine clothes wear soonest out of fashion.  13
Fine cloth is never out of fashion.  14
Fine dressing is usually a foul house swept before the door.  15
Fine linen often conceals a foul skin.  Danish.  16
Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse,
Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.  Franklin.
  17
Foppish dressing tells the world the outside is the best of the puppet.  18
Good clothes open all doors.  19
He that is proud of his fine clothes gets his reputation from his tailor.  20
He who dresses in others’ clothes will be undressed on the highway.  Spanish.  21
He who has but one coat cannot lend it.  Spanish.  22
I have a good jacket in France.  Spanish.  23
In my own city my name, in a strange city my clothes procure me respect.  24
In your own country your name, in other countries your appearance.  Hebrew.  25
It is not the gay coat that makes the gentleman.  26
Many dressers put the bride’s dress out of order.  27
Mean clothes will keep out cold and ordinary meats satisfy hunger.  Turkish Spy.  28
More goes to the making of a fine gentleman than fine clothes.  29
No fine clothes can hide the clown.  30
Rich garments weep on unworthy shoulders.  French.  31
Showy clothes attract most.  Latin.  32
The coat does not make the man.  German.  33
The dress does not make the friar.  Spanish.  34
The gown does not make the friar (or monk).  French, Italian.  35
The robe does not make the dervish.  Turkish.  36
The swarthy dame dressed fine decries the fair one.  Spanish.  37
The tailor makes the man.  38
The white coat does not make the miller.  Italian, German.  39
The worst clothed go to windward.  French.  40
That suit is best that best fits me.  41
Though you see me with this coat I have another up the mountain.  Spanish.  42
 
 
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