Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Sye, he seyd, be the same hatte I can knowe yf my wyfe be badde To me by eny other man; If my floures ouver fade or falle, Then doth my wyfe me wrong wyth alle As many a woman can. Adam of CobshamThe Wrights Chaste Wife. L. 265.
A sermon on a hat: The hat, my boy, the hat, whatever it may be, is in itself nothingmakes nothing, goes for nothing; but, be sure of it, everything in life depends upon the cock of the hat. For how many menwe put it to your own experience, readerhave made their way through the thronging crowds that beset fortune, not by the innate worth and excellence of their hats, but simply, as Sampson Piebald has it, by the cock of their hats? The cocks all. Douglas JerroldThe Romance of a Keyhole. Ch. III.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life. Attributed to Duke of Wellington, upon seeing the first Reformed Parliament. Sir William Fraser, in Words on Wellington (1889), P. 12, claims it for the Duke. Captain Gronow, in his Recollections, accredits it to the Duke of York, second son of George III., about 1817.