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It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of
Respectability. The umbrella has become the read more

It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of
Respectability. The umbrella has become the acknowledged index
of social position. . . . Crusoe was rather a moralist than a
pietist, and his leaf-umbrella is as fine an example of the
civilized mind striving to express itself under adverse
circumstances as we have ever met with.

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Of doues I haue a dainty paire
Which, when you please to take the aier,
About your read more

Of doues I haue a dainty paire
Which, when you please to take the aier,
About your head shall gently houer,
Your cleere browe from the sunne to couer,
And with their nimble wings shall fan you
That neither cold nor heate shall tan you,
And like umbrellas, with their feathers
Sheeld you in all sorts of weathers.

by Michael Drayton Found in: Umbrellas Quotes,
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The inseparable gold umbrella which in that country [Burma] as
much denotes the grandee as the star or garter read more

The inseparable gold umbrella which in that country [Burma] as
much denotes the grandee as the star or garter does in England.

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Life with Mary was like being in a telephone booth with an open umbrella no matter which way you turned, read more

Life with Mary was like being in a telephone booth with an open umbrella no matter which way you turned, you got it in the eye.

by Jean Kerr Found in: Umbrellas Quotes,
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The tucked-up sempstress walks hasty strides,
While streams run down her oil'd umbrella's sides.

The tucked-up sempstress walks hasty strides,
While streams run down her oil'd umbrella's sides.

by Jonathan Swift Found in: Umbrellas Quotes,
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The American people never carry an umbrella. They prepare to walk in eternal sunshine.

The American people never carry an umbrella. They prepare to walk in eternal sunshine.

by Alfred E. Smith Found in: Umbrellas Quotes,
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Good housewives all the winter's rage despise,
Defended by the riding-hood's disguise;
Or, underneath the umbrella's oily read more

Good housewives all the winter's rage despise,
Defended by the riding-hood's disguise;
Or, underneath the umbrella's oily shade,
Safe through the wet on clinking pattens tread,
Let Persian dames the unbrella's ribs display,
To guard their beauties from the sunny ray;
Or sweating slaves support the shady load,
When eastern monarchs show their state abroad;
Britain in winter only knows its aid,
To guard from chilling showers the walking maid.

by John Gay Found in: Umbrellas Quotes,
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Umbrellas, like faces, acquire a certain sympathy with the
individual who carries them. . . . May it not read more

Umbrellas, like faces, acquire a certain sympathy with the
individual who carries them. . . . May it not be said of the
bearers of these inappropriate umbrellas, that they go about the
streets "with a lie in their right hand?" . . . Except in a very
few cases of hypocrisy joined to a powerful intellect, men, not
by nature, umbrellarians, have tried again and again to become so
by art, and yet have failed--have expended their patrimony in the
purchase of umbrella after umbrella, and yet have systematically
lost them, and have finally, with contrite spirits and strunken
purses, given up their vain struggle, and relied on theft and
borrowing for the remainder of their lives.

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It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the
very foremost badge of modern civilization--the Urim read more

It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the
very foremost badge of modern civilization--the Urim and Thummim
of respectability. . . . So strongly do we feel on this point,
indeed, that we are almost inclined to consider all who possess
really well-conditioned umbrellas as worthy of the Franchise.

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