C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Dandyism is a species of genius.


Dandyism is refined vulgarity.

G. F. Goss.

Clothes form the intellect of the dandy.

H. W. Shaw.

All finery is a sign of littleness.


Dandies, when first-rate, are generally very agreeable men.


  • Oh! save me, ye powers, from these pinks of the nation,
  • These tea-table heroes! these lords of creation.
  • Salmagundi.

    A dandy is a clothes-wearing man—a man whose trade, office, and existence consist in the wearing of clothes. Every faculty of his soul, spirit, person and purse is heroically consecrated to this one object—the wearing of clothes wisely and well; so that, as others dress to live, he lives to dress.


    A fool may have his coat embroidered with gold, but it is a fool’s coat still.