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"Through your rags I see your vanity." - Socrates

"The Lord of Rags and Tatters." - Megan Whalen Turner

"Life is nothing but rags and tags and filthy rags at that." - Christina Stead

"From recovery to rags and rags to recovery symbolizes art - a perfect compilation of human imperfections." - Criss Jami

"Oh, my tattered rags are caught on your coffee table." - Homer

"Commend me to sterling honesty though clad in rags." - Walter Scott

"In our rags of light, all dressed to kill." - Leonard Cohen

"Well, that's baseball. Rags to riches one day and riches to rags the next. But I've been in it 36 years and I'm used to it." - Casey Stengel

"You have to keep taking the next necessary stitch, and the next one, and the next. Without stitches, you just have rags. And we are not rags," - Anne Lamott

"Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm." - John Dryden

"Rags will always make their appearance where they have a right to do it." - Samuel Johnson

"Politics' the polite word for antediluvian prejudices, the rags put on by enmity and tribal resentment." - Joseph O'Connor

"and nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old" - Jack Kerouac

"When a soldier is hit by a cannonball, rags are as becoming as purple." - Henry David Thoreau

"I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied." - John Steinbeck

"So please get your rags And your polishing jars, Somebody has to go polish the stars." - Shel Silverstein

"Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Memory is a crazy woman who hoards colored rags and throws away food." - Austin O'Malley

"Rogues in rags are kept in countenance by rogues in ruffles." - Alexander Pope

"the conversation whipped gaily around the table like rags in a high wind." - Margaret Halsey

"I'll be damned if death wears my sadness as glad rags." - Ray Bradbury

"Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food." - Austin O'Malley

"There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty." - George Farquhar

"The ultimate idea of rags-to-riches success in America is the Hollywood movie star." - Marin Ireland

"and nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old" - Jack Kerouac

"My life has been sensationalised into a rags to riches story." - Jonathan Rhys Meyers

"I view anything on this farm as model. I actually painted Union Rags as a yearling." - Jamie Wyeth

"People are complaining of having rags and not riches, but I find it a blessing just to have rags, to wipe away the dirt and dust that may come in the course of life." - Anthony Liccione

"A liar goes in fine clothes, a liar goes in rags, a liar is a liar, clothes or no clothes." - Carl Sandburg

"I saw a man clothed with rags . . . a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back." - John Bunyan

"One who dresses in rags that have been washed clean dresses cleanly to be sure, but raggedly nonetheless." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The man forget not, though in rags he lies, And know the mortal through a crown's disguise." - Mark Akenside

"Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time." - John Donne

"The American dream was not, at least at the beginning, a rags-to-riches type of narrow materialism." - Charles A. Reich

"I believe that Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen." - Charles Dickens

"We must all make do with the rags of love we find flapping on the scarecrow of humanity." - Angela Carter

"The man forget not, though in rags he lies, And know the mortal through a crown's disguise." - Mark Akenside

"Someday in heaven, when the angels all sing, well, these rags that I'm wearing will be fit for a king." - Garth Brooks

"A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is torn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion." - Edmund Burke

"Virtue, thou in rags, may challenge more than vice set off with all the trim of greatness." - Philip Massinger

"In the town live witches nine: three in worsted, three in rags, and three in velvet fine..." - Celia Rees

"My life has often been described as 'from rags to riches' but in fact, the Ross's were never raggedy." - Diana Ross

"Adam had once told Gansey, "Rags to riches isn't a story anyone wants to hear until after it's done." - Maggie Stiefvater

"Hand in glove, the good people laugh, yes we may be hidden by rags, But we've something they'll never have" - Steven Morrissey

"Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, Nor hours, age, months, which are the rags of time." - John Donne

"A liar goes in fine clothes, A liar goes in rags. A liar is a liar, clothes or no clothes." - Carl Sandburg

"I took her from rags right through to stitches, Oh baby, tonight we sleep in separate ditches." - Nick Cave

"Only laughter can blow to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

"Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen." - Charles Dickens

"The man forget not, though in rags he lies, and know the mortal through a crown's disguise." - Mark Akenside

"Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time." - John Donne

"My life has often been described as 'from rags to riches,' but in fact, the Rosses were never raggedy." - Diana Ross

"It's nice to get your glad rags on for awards like the Baftas, but it doesn't happen all the time." - Dan Stevens

"Your incredible brain can take you from rags to riches, from loneliness to popularity, and from depression to happiness and joy - if you use it properly." - Brian Tracy

"Like a robe wears out over time and turns to rags, life wears out from day to day, from second to second." - Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

"The wind bit hard at Valley Forge one Christmas. Soldiers tied rags on their feet. Red footprints wrote on the snow . . ." - Carl Sandburg

"The oat is the Horatio Alger of cereals, which progressed, if not from rags to riches, at least from weed to health food." - Waverley Root

"The woman from the depths of her rags, a waif, a martyr - smiled. She must have a divine heart to be so tired and yet smile." - Henri Barbusse

"Sophia Loren would be a glamour girl even if she were in rags selling fish. She has the look, the movement and the intellect." - Hedy Lamarr

"Words are the dress of thoughts; which should no more be presented in rags, tatters, and dirt than your person should." - Lord Chesterfield

"And so when I couldn't stand it no longer, I lit out. I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied." - Mark Twain

"Unfortunately I have no rags-to-riches story to tell. Money never played a big role for me. My parents just had it." - Stelios Haji-Ioannou

"The balancing of the budget will not in itself place a teaspoonful of milk in a hungry baby's stomach, or remove the rags from its mother's back." - John L Lewis

"Treat kindly every miserable truth that knocks begging at your door, otherwise you will some day fail to recognize Truth Himself when He comes in rags." - Austin O'Malley

"Robes and furr'd gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks; Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it." - William Shakespeare

"[Autobiographies] are all the same - it's always rags-to-riches or I-slept-with-so-and-so. Damned if I'm going to say that." - Deborah Kerr

"Only laughter can blow [a colossal humbug] to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

"Mama sewed the rags together, sewing every piece with love. She made my coat of many colors that I was proud of." - Dolly Parton

"Like a lot of what happens in novels, inspiration is a sort of spontaneous combustion-the oily rags of the head and heart." - Stanley Elkin

"Even in rags I am a god,fallen I am divine,high I triumph when down-trod,long I live when slain!" - Sri Aurobindo

"A man could be in a throne and have no attachment at all; another one could be in rags and have many attachments." - Swami Vivekananda

"Rags, wretchedness, poverty and dirt, those signs and symbols that indicate the presence of [Muslim] rule more surely than the crescent-flag itself, abound." - Mark Twain

"Not caring, so that sumpter-horse, the back Be hung with gaudy trappings, in what course Yea, rags most beggarly, they clothe the soul." - James Russell Lowell

"If God was willing to wrap himself in rags and drink from a mother's breast, then all questions about his love for us are off the table." - Max Lucado

"I have played nasty people, but not everyone has seen that stuff. Before 'The Office,' I mainly got cast as little toe-rags." - Martin Freeman

"There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals." - Herman Melville

"With fingers weary and worn, With eyelids heavy and red, A woman sat in unwomanly rags, Plying her needle and thread." - Thomas Hood

"When you go to Africa, and you see children, they're usually barefoot, dirty and in rags, and they'd love to go to school." - Annie Lennox

"I would not read the proof of one of my books for any fair & reasonable sum whatever, if I could get out of it. The proof-reading on the P & Pauper cost me the last rags of my religion." - Mark Twain

"Ignorant people always suppose that popular writers are wonderfully well-paid - and must be making rapid fortunes - because they neither starve in garrets, nor wear rags - at least in America." - Eliza Leslie

"Style is indeed the valet of genius, and an able one too; but as the true gentleman will appear, even in rags, so true genius will shine, even through the coarsest style." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Fortune in men has some small diff'rence made, One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade, The cobbler apron'd, and the parson gown'd, The friar hooded, and the monarch crown'd." - Alexander Pope

"The winter is made and you have to bear it, The winter web, the winter woven, wind and wind, For all the thoughts of summer that go with it In the mind, pupa of straw, moppet of rags...." - Wallace Stevens

"No picture is made to endure nor to live with but it is made to sell and sell quickly with usura, sin against nature, is thy bread ever more of stale rags is thy bread dry as paper." - Ezra Pound

"[My characters are] conglomerations of past and present stages of civilization, bits from books and newspapers, scraps of humanity, rags and tatters of fine clothing, patched together as is the human soul" - August Strindberg

"Creatures that hang themselves up like an old rag, to sleep; And disgustingly upside down. Hanging upside down like rows of disgusting old rags And grinning in their sleep. Bats!" - D H Lawrence

"The American dream of rags to riches is a dream for a reason - it is hard to achieve; were everyone to do it, it wouldn't be a dream but would rather be reality." - Robert Fulton

"Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, and then are taken off. That undressing, and the beautiful naked body underneath, is the sweetness that comes after grief." - Rumi

"We Jews, thank God, have nothing to do with the East. . . . The Islamic soul must be broomed out of Eretz-Yisrael. . . . [Muslims are] yelling rabble dressed up in gaudy, savage rags." - Ze'ev Jabotinsky

"Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings." - William Shakespeare

"Through tattered clothes great vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold and the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks. Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it." - William Shakespeare

"To pray is to cast off your burdens, it is to tear away your rags, it is to shake off your diseases, it is to be filled with spiritual vigor, it is to reach the highest point of Christian health." - Charles Spurgeon

"Fathers that wear rags Do make their children blind, But fathers that bear bags Shall see their children kind. Fortune, that arrant whore, Ne'er turns the key to th' poor." - William Shakespeare

"Fortune in men has some small diff'rence made, One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade, The cobbler apron'd, and the parson gown'd, The friar hooded, and the monarch crown'd." - Alexander Pope

"When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they mocked thee for too much curiosity; in thy rags thou know'st none, but art despised for the contrary. There's a medlar for thee; eat it." - William Shakespeare

"I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they are' pretty, or smart, or young. They"re still princesses." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

"There's in my mind a... turbulent moon-ridden girl or old woman, or both, dressed in opals and rags, feathers and torn taffeta, who knows strange songs but she is not kind." - Denise Levertov

"Though Diogenes lived in a tub, there might be, for aught I know, as much pride under his rags, as in the fine-spun garments of the divine Plato." - Jonathan Swift

"How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you - you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences - like rags and shreds of your very life." - Katherine Mansfield

"It ain't what you're driving or the clothes that you wear, material possessions won't matter up there. And someday in heaven, when the angels all sing, well these rags that I'm wearin' will be fit for a king." - Garth Brooks

"Rags, which are the reproach of poverty, are the beggar's robes, and graceful insignia of his profession, his tenure, his full dress, the suit in which he is expected to show himself in public." - Charles Lamb

"I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

"I tell you one thing that's great about children. They don't need a show to have fun. What do they need? A book of matches, some oily rags, a little brother... that's all they need." - Dave Attell

"The most dangerous lechers and creeps are not drunks wearing rags on the street, but respectable men wearing hairspray, pinstripes, and wedding rings who lurk in the halls of power." - Michelle Malkin

"O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings." - William Shakespeare

"Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks; Arm it in rags, a pygmy's straw does pierce it." - William Shakespeare

"You neither can nor should understand what it means. Listen, it comes without guitar, Neither in rags nor in any purple fashion. And there is nothing in it to comfort you." - Donald Justice

"Gypsy [Rose Lee] is as unique as she is timeless. Her story is classic Americana, and the strangest rags-to-riches saga you'll ever read; I like to call it Horatio Alger meets Tim Burton." - Karen Abbott

"First of all, don't mix your hairpins up with mine! You .... Oh! All right, mix your muck with mine. Mix it! Mix your rags with my tatters! Mix it all up. ..." - Jean Genet

"It was funny actually because that was still during the time we were dating. He would get all these calls because supposedly before we broke up, we had already broken up in the trades, in the rags or whatever." - Rosario Dawson

"The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches - with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone - was once at the core of the American Dream." - Robert Reich

"I admit to subscribing to all the celebrity rags. The best part of being an author is if the celebs aren't being ridiculous enough, you can just make it up." - Lauren Weisberger

"In A Midnight Carol Patricia Davis illuminates the dark and brilliant humanity of Charles Dickens - the man who lived a rags-to-riches life more remarkable than any of his stories." - Richard Lederer

"Ah, Father! That's words and only words! Forgive! If he"d not been run over, he"d have come home today drunk and his only shirt dirty and in rags and he"d have fallen asleep like a log, and I should have been sousing and rinsing till daybreak, washing his rags and the children's and then drying them by the window and as soon as it was daylight I should have been darning them. What's the use of talking forgiveness! I have forgiven as it is!" - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Ah, Father! That's words and only words! Forgive! If he'd not been run over, he'd have come home today drunk and his only shirt dirty and in rags and he'd have fallen asleep like a log, and I should have been sousing and rinsing till daybreak, washing his rags and the children's and then drying them by the window and as soon as it was daylight I should have been darning them. What's the use of talking forgiveness! I have forgiven as it is!" - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Woman, thou shouldst ever be clothed in rags and in mourning, appearing only as a penitent, drowned in tears, and expiating thus the sin of having caused the fall of the human race. Woman thou art the gate of the devil. It is thou who hast corrupted those whom Satan dare not attack face to face." - Tertullian

"The miracle is that some have stepped out of the rags of the Republic's definition to assume the great burden and glory of their humanity and their responsibility for one another. It is an extraordinary achievement to be trapped in the dungeon of color and to dare to shake down its walls and to step out of it leaving the jailkeeper in the rubble." - James A Baldwin

"Zeus most glorious and most great, Thundercloud, throned in the heavens! Let not the sun go down and the darkness come, until I cast down headlong the citadel of Priam in flames, and burn his gates with blazing fire, and tear to rags the shirt upon Hectors breast! May many of his men fall about him prone in the dust and bite the earth!" - Homer

"The Christian religion, when divested of the rags in which they [the clergy] have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of it's benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind." - Thomas Jefferson

"You have available to you, right now, a powerful supercomputer. This powerful tool has been used through-out history to take people from rags to riches, from poverty and obscurity to success and fame, from unhappiness and frustration to joy and self-fulfillment, and it can do the same for you." - Brian Tracy

"A child playing with dolls may shed heartfelt tears when his bundle of rags and scraps becomes deathly ill and dies ... So we may come to an understanding of language as playing with dolls: in language, scraps of sound are used to make dolls and replace all the things in the world." - Velimir Khlebnikov

"The most fitting monuments this nation can build are schoolhouses and homes for those who do the work of the world. It is no answer to say that they are accustomed to rags and hunger. In this world of plenty every human being has a right to food, clothes, decent shelter, and the rudiments of education." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Unselfishness is God. One may live on a throne, in a golden palace, and be perfectly unselfish; and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have nothing in the world; yet, if he is selfish, he is intensely merged in the world." - Swami Vivekananda

"In matters of dress we wish neither silk nor rags," President Hinckley said. "We seek for the clean look, call it a wholesome look, the bright and happy look of young men and women who walk with a sense of who they are, of what is expected of them, and of what they may become." - Daniel H. Ludlow

"I remember a story of a girl in Paradise who ate an apple once. Some wise Sapient gave it to her. Because of it she saw things differently. What had seemed gold coins were dead leaves. Rich clothes were rags of cobweb. And she saw there was a wall around the world, with a locked gate." - Catherine Fisher

"The City of New York is like an enormous citadel, a modern Carcassonne. Walking between the magnificent skyscrapers one feels the presence on the fringe of a howling, raging mob, a mob with empty bellies, a mob unshaven and in rags." - Henry Miller

"I don't belong to any side. What's more, I think flags are nothing but painted rags that represent rancid emotions. Just seeing someone wrapped up in one of them, spewing out hymns, badges and speeches, gives me the runs. I've always thought that anyone who needs to join a herd so badly must be a bit of a sheep himself" - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon - laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution - these can lift at a colossal humbug - push it a little - weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

"Then might ye see Cowls, hoods, and habits with their wearers tost And flutter'd into rags; then reliques, beads, Indulgences, dispenses, pardons, bulls, The sport of winds; all these upwhirl'd aloft Fly to the rearward of the world far off Into a limbo large and broad, since called The paradise of fools." - John Milton

"So here's where they put you. I did' think they even used these cells anymore." He glanced sideways. "I got the wrong window at first. Gave your friend in the next cell something of a shock. Attractive fellow, what with the beard and the rags. Kind of reminds me of the street folk back home." - Cassandra Clare

"So here's where they put you. I didn't think they even used these cells anymore." He glanced sideways. "I got the wrong window at first. Gave your friend in the next cell something of a shock. Attractive fellow, what with the beard and the rags. Kind of reminds me of the street folk back home." - Cassandra Clare

"Somebody has to go polish the stars, They're looking a little bit dull. Somebody has to go polish the stars, For the eagles and starlings and gulls Have all been complaining they're tarnished and worn, They say they want new ones we cannot afford. So please get your rags And your polishing jars, Somebody has to go polish the stars." - Shel Silverstein

"Good-bye - if you hear of my being stood up against a stone wall and shot to rags please know that I think that a pretty good way to depart this life. It beats old age, disease or falling down the cellar stairs." - Ambrose Bierce

"And perhaps beyond those shrouded swells another man did walk with another child on the dead gray sands. Slept but a sea apart on another beach among the bitter ashes of the world or stood in their rags lost to the same indifferent sun." - Cormac Mccarthy

"Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well-proportioned, would if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters." - Lord Chesterfield

"I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes. I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles. I look upon the finest silken robes as tattered rags. I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit, and the greatest lake on Earth as a drop of oil on my foot." - Gautama Buddha

"Then might ye see Cowls, hoods, and habits with their wearers tost And flutter'd into rags; then reliques, beads, Indulgences, dispenses, pardons, bulls, The sport of winds; all these upwhirl'd aloft Fly to the rearward of the world far off Into a limbo large and broad, since called The paradise of fools." - John Milton

"When a child of the streets stands before you in rags, with a tear-stained face, you cannot easily forget him. And yet, you are perplexed what to do. The human soul is difficult to interfere with. You hesitate how far you should go." - Charles Loring Brace

"To us, it might look like just a rag. But to the brave, embattled men of the fort, it was more than that. It was a flag of surrender. And after that, it was torn up and used for shoe-shine rags, so the men would look nice for the surrender." - Jack Handey

"I don't at all want to resemble some of these young designers who ask hallucinating prices for rags that are so in fashion now, that six months later, they are old-fashioned! I love vintage boutiques, I love to customize my clothes. And then, with my friends, we regularly exchange togs." - Milla Jovovich

"To one who habitually endeavors to contemplate the true state of things, the political state can hardly be said to have any existence whatever. It is unreal, incredible, and insignificant to him, and for him to endeavor to extract the truth from such lean material is like making sugar from linen rags, when sugar-cane may be had." - Henry David Thoreau

"If you want to live, go back to Christ. You are not Christians. Go back to Christ. Go back to him who had nowhere to lay his head. Better be ready to live in rags with Christ than to live in palaces without him." - Swami Vivekananda

"I got to sing solo in the junior choir when I was 10 or 11 and won a competition, and my sister's piano playing improved to a certain level. One time my sister and I worked together. The first song we ever sang in High School was Rags to Riches by Tony Bennett." - Gordon Lightfoot

"The Dream obsessed him... but what was it? Was it Horatio Alger, rags to riches, the idea that you could start with nothing and end up rolling naked in stacks of hundreds? Or was it a dream of freedom? Personal freedom...or the concept of freedom that the founders brought into the whole world?" - William McKeen

"Flags, rags, ferryboats, scimitars and scarves every precious dream and vision underneath the stars You climbed on the ladder with the wind in your sails you came like a comet blazing your trail too high, too far, too soon You saw the whole of the moon!" - Mike Scott

"I call them [Miss Flite's birds] the Wards in Jarndyce. They are caged up with all the others. With Hope, Joy, Youth, Peace, Rest, Life, Dust, Ashes, Waste, Want, Ruin, Despair, Madness, Death, Cunning, Folly, Words, Wigs, Rags, Sheepskin, Plunder, Precedent, Jargon, Gammon, and Spinach!" - Charles Dickens

"He who possesses the divine powers of the soul is a great being, be his place what it may. You may clothe him with rags, may immure him in a dungeon, may chain him to slavish tasks. But he is still great." - William Ellery Channing

"I can enjoy her while she's kind; But when she dances in the wind, And shakes the wings and will not stay, I puff the prostitute away: The little or the much she gave is quietly resign'd: Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm." - John Dryden

"With fingers weary and worn, With eyelids heavy and red, A woman sat, in unwomanly rags, Plying her needle and thread- Stitch! stitch! stitch! In poverty, hunger, and dirt, And still with a voice of dolorous pitch She sang the Song of the Shirt." - Thomas Hood

"I wrote my first two long novels and an anthology of short narratives, when I was a manager of my own jazz bar. There was not enough time to write and I didn't know how to write novels. Therefore, I made written collages of aphorisms and rags." - Haruki Murakami



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