A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on america, authority, fashion, and worship

We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler's cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by George Washington on army, blessings, fashion, foolishness, heaven, hope, insults, men, order, practice, reflection, and vices

When it was reported to General Washington that the army was frequently indulging in swearing, he immediately sent out the following order: The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing - a vice little known heretofore in the American army - is growing into fashion. Let the men and officers reflect "that we can not hope for the blessing of heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly."

George Washington (1732 - 1799)


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A Quote by George Santayana on fashion, imitation, innovation, and reason

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on custom, driving, fashion, and people

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on belief, diligence, fashion, inaction, men, names, nature, observation, philosophy, reason, understanding, and words

But the idols of the Market Place are the most troublesome of all: idols which have crept into the understanding through their alliances with words and names. For men believe that their reason governs words. But words turn and twist the understanding. This it is that has rendered philosophy and the sciences inactive. Words are mostly cut to the common fashion and draw the distinctions which are most obvious to the common understanding. Whenever an understanding of greater acuteness or more diligent observation would alter those lines to suit the true distinctions of nature, words complain.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Elsa Schiaparelli on clothes, facts, fashion, politics, and trying

Fashion is born by small facts, trends, or even politics, never by trying to make little pleats and furbelows, by trinkets, by clothes easy to copy, or by the shortening or lengthening of a skirt.

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 - 1973)

Source: Shocking Life, ch. 9, 1954.

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A Quote by Elsa Schiaparelli on difficulty and fashion

In difficult times fashion is always outrageous.

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890 - 1973)

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A Quote by Edwin Hubble Chapin on desires, fashion, and science

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Edwin Hubble Chapin (1814 - 1880)

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A Quote by Donna Karan on clothes, fashion, needs, sensuality, and women

Today, fashion is really about sensuality-how a woman feels on the inside. In the eighties women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies-they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.

Donna Karan

Source: 1996

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A Quote by Denise Klahn on fashion


Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.

Denise Klahn

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