|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.
|So Britains monarch once uncovered sat,|
While Bradshaw bullied in a broad-brimmed hat.
James BramstonMan of Taste.
| One should not talk of hatters in the house of the hanged.|
|A hat not much the worse for wear.|
CowperHistory of John Gilpin.
|My new straw hat thats trimly lind with green,|
Let Peggy wear.
GayShepherds Week. Friday. L. 125.
|I know it is a sin|
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat
And the breeches and all that
Are so queer.
HolmesThe Last Leaf.
| The hat is the ultimatum moriens of respectability.|
HolmesThe Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. VIII.
|The Quaker loves an ample brim,|
A hat that bows to no Salaam;
And dear the beaver is to him
As if it never made a dam.
HoodAll Round my Hat.
| 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.
| He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.|
Much Ado About Nothing. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 75.
| 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.