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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Apparel
 
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.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 3. (Polonius to Laertes.)
  1
A civil habit oft covers a good man.
        Beaumont and Fletcher.—Beggar’s Bush, Act II. Scene 3.
  2
A loyal bosom in a garb uncouth.
        Pye.—Alfred, Book II. Line 558.
  3
As the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
        Shakespeare.—Taming of the Shrew, Act IV. Scene 3. (Petruchio to Catherine.)
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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.—King Lear, Act IV. Scene 6. (Lear to Gloster.)
  5
Marry, come up, sir, with your gentle blood!
Here’s a red stream beneath this coarse blue doublet,
That warms the heart as kindly as if drawn
From the far source of old Assyrian kings.
        Scott.—Fortunes of Nigel, Chapter XXXI.
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Opinion’s but a fool, that makes us scan
The outward habit by the inward man.
        Shakespeare.—Pericles, Act II. Scene 2. (Simonides to the Lords.)
  7
How greatest geniuses oft lie concealed.
        Plautus.—Captivi, Act I. Scene 2. (Riley.)
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