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Curious Sayings from Interesting and Famous people. 

I began wearing hats as a young
lawyer because it helped me to
establish my professional identity.
Before that, whenever I was at a
meeting, someone would ask me
to get coffee...  Bella Abzug

I'll beat him so bad he'll need a
shoehorn to put his hat on....  
Muhammad Ali

 I have a hat. It is graceful and
feminine and gives me a certain
dignity, as if I were attending a
state funeral or something.
Someday I may get up enough
courage to wear it,
instead of carrying it
              ... Erma Bombeck 

So Britain’s monarch
once uncovered sat,
While Bradshaw bullied
in a broad-brimmed hat.
From: Man of Taste
 ..James Bramston

A hat not much the worse for wear.
  .....William Cowper (1731–1800)

You start out giving your hat,
then you give your coat,
then your shirt, then your skin
and finally your soul
....... Charles De Gaulle

The whitewash’d wall,
the nicely sanded floor,
The varnish’d clock
that click’d behind the door;
The chest, contriv’d
a double debt to pay,
—A bed by night,
a chest of drawers by day.
A cap by night,
a stocking all the day
From: The Deserted Village. Line 227
..........Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774)

I had a hat.
It was not all a hat,
—Part of the brim was gone
Yet still I wore it on.
From: Rhine Song of the German Soldiers after Victory.
 ...........Felicia Dorothea (Browne) Hemans (1793–1835)

The hat is the ultimum moriens of respectability.
From: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. viii.
 ..Oliver Wendell Holmes

I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches,
and all that,
Are so queer!
From: The last Leaf.
...Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)

I thought I would dress
in baggy pants,
big shoes,
a cane and a derby hat,
everything a contradiction:
the pants baggy,
the coat tight,
the hat small and
the shoes large.
...Charlie Chaplin

As with my hat
I upon my head
I walk’d along the Strand,
I there did meet another man
With his hat in his hand.
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

Miserable man!
Oh! most contemptible and
worthy of all scorn;
with slouched hat and guilty eye,
skulking from his God;
prowling among the shipping
like a vile burglar hastening
to cross the seas.........
Herman Melville

Tell me to whom you
are addressing yourself
when you say that.
I am addressing myself—
I am addressing myself to my cap.
From: L’Avare. Act i. Sc. 3
.....Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière (1622–1673)

To escape jury duty in England,
wear a bowler hat and  carry a
copy of the Daily telegraph
.....John Mortimer

A hat should be taken
off when you greet a
lady and left off for
the rest of your life.
Nothing looks more
stupid than a hat
...........P. J. O'Rourke

And how should I know
your true love
From many another one?
Oh, by his cockle hat and staff,
And by his sandal shoone.
From:The Friar of Orders Gray
......Thomas Percy (1729–1811)

Tying her bonnet under her chin,
She tied her raven ringlets in;
But not alone in the silken snare
Did she catch her lovely floating hair,
For, tying her bonnet under her chin,
She tied a young man’s heart within.
From: The Love-knot
......Nora Perry (1832–1896

 On fortune’s cap we are not the very button.
From: Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2
........William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 A very riband in the cap of youth.
From: Hamlet. Act iv. Sc. 7
........William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.
From Much Ado about Nothing. Act i. Sc. 1.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Her cap, far whiter than the driven snow,
Emblems right meet of decency does yield.
From: The Schoolmistress. Stanza 6
........William Shenstone (1714-1763)

It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church.
We should all be wearing crash helmets.
Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares;
They should lash us to our pews.
For the sleeping god may awake someday and take offense,
Or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.

-- Annie Dillard, in Teaching a Stone to Talk

 There was ease in Casey’s manner
as he stept into his place,
There was pride in Casey’s bearing
and a smile on Casey’s face,
And when responding to the cheers
he lightly doft his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt,
’t was Casey at the bat.
From: Casey at the Bat
....Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863– ?)

I never saw so many
shocking bad hats in my life.
( After seeing the first Reformed Parliament)
..Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769–1852)

There is an excellent kid's book called
"The Hatmaker's Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin"
It is written by Candace Fleming.
It is actually a "Parable" but is based on a hatmaker.

From the Movie "Miller's Crossing (1990)

Tom:  " I had a dream once.    I was walkin in the woods,
           I don't know why, Wind came up and blew me hat off"

Verna:  "And you chased it, right?  You ran and ran, finally         caught up to it and you picked it up.  But it wasn't a hat anymore and it changed into something else, something wonderful."

Tom:       "Nah, it stayed a hat and no, I didn't chase it. 
                Nothing more foolish than a man chasin his hat."

If the hat is missin'..... I've gone fishin.
If the hat can't be seen..... I'm on the green.
Take your hat off to the past, take your coat off to the future.
The greatest undeveloped territory in the world lies under your hat.
Man can't straighten the hat on a drunken head.
A well-fit hat will not fly off your head.
Don't hang your hat higher than you can reach.
The price of your hat isn't the measure of your brain.
Complete with hat and gloves......


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