|C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.|
| Elegance is not an ornament worthy of man.|
| Elegance is exquisite polish.|
| Many a woman will pass for elegant in a ballroom, or even at a court drawing room, whose want of true breeding would become evident in a chosen company.|
Julia Ward Howe.
| Neither refinement nor delicacy is indispensable to produce elegance.|
| Elegance of manner is the outgrowth of refined and exalted sense.|
| When the mind loses its feeling for elegance, it grows corrupt and groveling, and seeks in the crowd what ought to be found at home.|
| The wisest woman you talk with is ignorant of something that you know; but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.|
O. W. Holmes.
| Elegance is something more than ease; it is more than a freedom from awkwardness or restraint. It implies, I conceive, a precision, a polish, a sparkling, spirited yet delicate.|
| Taste and elegance, though they are reckoned only among the smaller and secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulations of life. A moral taste is not of force to turn vice into virtue; but it recommends virtue with something like the blandishments of pleasure, and it infinitely abates the evils of vice.|