„Man invented clothing to cover the superficial and to discover the inside.“

Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000)

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„Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.“

—  Sydney Smith English writer and clergyman 1771 - 1845

Source: Vol. II, letter to Catherine Crowe (31 January 1841), pp. 441–442 note: Lady Holland's Memoir (1855)

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„Every human being grows up inside a sheath of custom, which enfolds it as the swathing clothes enfold the infant.“

—  Edward Carpenter British poet and academic 1844 - 1929

"Custom," http://books.google.com/books?id=5WxIAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Every+human+being+grows+up+inside+a+sheath+of+custom+which+enfolds+it+as+the+swathing+clothes+enfold+the+infant%22&pg=PA136#v=onepage The Fortnightly Review (1 July 1888)
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„WE MUST INVENT FUTURIST CLOTHES, hap-hap-hap-hap-happy clothes, daring clothes with brilliant colours and dynamic lines. They must be simple, and above all they must be made to last for a short time only in order to encourage industrial activity and to provide constant and novel enjoyment for our bodies.“

—  Giacomo Balla Italian artist 1871 - 1958

(Manuscript, 1913); as quoted at dekorera.tumblr: futurist manifesto of men's clothing http://dekorera.tumblr.com/post/3212646425/futurist-manifesto-of-mens-clothing-by-giacomo
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„Wherever the want of clothing forced them to it, the human race made clothes for thousands of years, without a single man becoming a tailor.“

—  Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883

Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 2, pg. 49.
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„Titles are like clothes: they do not make the man.“

—  Fausto Cercignani Italian scholar, essayist and poet 1941

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„We, drinking love at the furthest springs,
Covered with love as a covering tree,
We had grown as gods, as the gods above,
Filled from the heart to the lips with love,
Held fast in his hands, clothed warm with his wings,
O love, my love, had you loved but me!“

—  Algernon Charles Swinburne, book Poems and Ballads

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„ARMOR, n. The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith.“

—  Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914

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„Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

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„Art may make a suit of clothes; but nature must produce a man.“

—  David Hume, book Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary

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„I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth“

—  Benjamin Harrison American politician, 23rd President of the United States (in office from 1889 to 1893) 1833 - 1901

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„Friendship is often outgrown; and his former child’s clothes will no more fit a man than some of his former friendships.“

—  Arthur Helps British writer 1813 - 1875

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