|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Twas when young Eustace wore his heart ins breeches.|
Beaumont and FletcherElder Brother. Act V.
|Thy clothes are all the soul thou hast.|
Beaumont and FletcherHonest Mans Fortune. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 170.
|May Moorland weavers boast Pindaric skill,|
And tailors lays be longer than their bill!
While punctual beaux reward the grateful notes,
And pay for poemswhen they pay for coats.
ByronEnglish Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 781.
|Great is the Tailor, but not the greatest.|
CarlyleEssays. Goethes Works.
|Sister, look ye,|
How, by a new creation of my tailors
Ive shook off old mortality.
John FordThe Fancies Chaste and Noble. Act I. Sc. 3.
|A tailor, though a man of upright dealing,|
True but for lying,honest but for stealing,
Did fall one day extremely sick by chance
And on the sudden was in wondrous trance.
Sir John HarringtonOf a Precise Tailor.
| One commending a Tayler for his dexteritie in his profession, another standing by ratified his opinion, saying tailors had their business at their fingers ends.|
HazlittShakespeare Jest Books. Conceits, Clinches, Flashes and Whimzies. No. 93.
|Tis not the robe or garment I affect;|
For who would marry with a suit of clothes?
HeywoodRoyal King and Loyal Subject. Act II. Sc. 2.
|Yes, if they would thank their maker,|
And seek no further; but they have new creators,
God tailor and god mercer.
MassingerA Very Woman. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 161.
| What a fine man|
Hath your tailor made you!
MassingerCity Madam. Act II. Sc. 2.
| As if thou eer wert angry|
But with thy tailor! and yet that poor shred
Can bring more to the making up of a man,
Than can be hoped from thee; thou art his creature;
And did he not, each morning, new create thee,
Thoudst stink and be forgotten.
MassingerFatal Dowry. Act III. Sc. 1.
| Get me some French tailor|
To new-create you.
MassingerRenegade. Act III. Sc. 1.
|King Stephen was a worthy peere,|
His breeches cost him but a crowne;
He held them sixpence all too deere,
Therefore he calld the taylor lowne.
Thomas PercyReliques. Take Thy Old Cloak About Thee. St. 7. Quoted in Othello. Act II. Sc. 2.
|Th embroiderd suit at least he deemd his prey;|
That suit an unpaid tailor snatchd away.
PopeThe Dunciad. Bk. II. L. 117.
| Thou villain base,|
Knowst me not by my clothes?
No, nor thy tailor, rascal,
Who is thy grandfather: he made those clothes,
Which, as it seems, make thee.
Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 80.
| Thou art a strange fellow: a tailor make a man?|
Ay, a tailor, sir; a stone-cutter or a painter could not have made him so ill, though he had been but two hours at the trade.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 61.
|Thy gown? why, ay;come, tailor, let us seet.|
O mercy, God! what masquing stuff is here?
Whats this? a sleeve? tis like a demi-cannon:
What, up and down, carvd like an apple-tart?
Heres snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
Like to a censer in a barbers shop:
Why, what i devils name, tailor, callst thou this!
Taming of the Shrew. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 86.
|Il faut neuf tailleurs pour faire un homme.|
It takes nine tailors to make a man.
Quoted by Comte de la Villemarque as a Breton proverb.
| All his reverend wit|
Lies in his wardrobe.
WebsterWhite Devil. Act II. Sc. 1.