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COXCOMB
[ Also see Affectation Dandy Dullness Fools Ignorance ]

A vulgar man is captious and jealous; eager and impetuous about trifles. He suspects himself to be slighted, and thinks everything that is said meant at him.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

A coxcomb begins by determining that his own profession is the first; and he finishes by deciding that he is the first of profession.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A coxcomb is four-fifths affectation and one-fifth vanity.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

A coxcomb is ugly all over with the affectation of the fine gentleman.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Once a coxcomb, always a coxcomb.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A coxcomb is the blockhead's man of merit.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

All the world says of a coxcomb that he is a coxcomb; but no one dares to say so to his face, and he dies without knowing it.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

This is he
  That kiss'd away his hand in courtesy;
    This is the ape of form, monsieur the nice,
      That when he plays at tables, chides the dice
        In honorable terms; nay, he can sing
          A mean most meanly; and in ushering,
            Mend him who can; the ladies call him, sweet;
              The stairs, as he treads on them, kiss his feet.
      - William Shakespeare


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