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ELEGANCE
[ Also see Ceremony Cultivation Delicacy Dress Fashion Fastidiousness Foppery Luxury Ornament Ostentation Refinement Taste Vulgarity ]

Taste and elegance, though they are reckoned only among the smaller and secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulations of life. A moral taste is not of force to turn vice into virtue; but it recommends virtue with something like the blandishments of pleasure, and it infinitely abates the evils of vice.
      - Edmund Burke

Elegance of manner is the outgrowth of refined and exalted sense.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Elegance is something more than ease; it is more than a freedom from awkwardness or restraint. It implies, I conceive, a precision, a polish, a sparkling, spirited yet delicate.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The wisest woman you talk with is ignorant of something that you know; but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Many a woman will pass for elegant in a ballroom, or even at a court drawing room, whose want of true breeding would become evident in a chosen company.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

When the mind loses its feeling for elegance, it grows corrupt and groveling, and seeks in the crowd what ought to be found at home.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Neither refinement nor delicacy is indispensable to produce elegance.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Elegance is exquisite polish.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Elegance is not an ornament worthy of man.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)


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