We must put up with our clothes as they are -- they have their reason
for existing. They are on us to expose us -- to advertise what we wear
them to conceal. They are a sign; a sign of insincerity; a sign of suppressed
vanity; a pretense that we desire gorgeous colors and the graces of harmony
and form; and we put them on to propagate that lie and back it up.
Strip the human race, absolutely naked, and it would be a real democracy.
But the introduction of even a rag of tiger skin, or a cowtail, could
make a badge of distinction and be the beginning of a monarchy.
|Clothes make the man. Naked people have little
or no influence in society.
- quoted in More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927
Modesty died when clothes were born.
A policeman in plain clothes is a man; in his uniform he is ten. Clothes
and title are the most potent thing, the most formidable influence, in
the earth. They move the human race to willing and spontaneous respect
for the judge, the general, the admiral, the bishop, the ambassador, the
frivolous earl, the idiot duke, the sultan, the king, the emperor. No
great title is efficient without clothes to support it.
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