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SHOEMAKING
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[ Also see Apparel Dress Feet Occupations ]

A cobbler, . . . produced several new grins of his own invention, having been used to cut faces for many years together over his last.
      - Joseph Addison,
        in the "Spectator", no. 173

To one commending an orator for his skill in amplifying petty matters, Agesilaus said: "I do not think that shoemaker a good workman that makes a great shoe for a little foot."
      - Agesilaus, the Great,
        Laconic Apophthegemns

Him that makes shoes go barefoot himself.
      - Robert Burton,
        Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader
         (p. 34), (ed. 1887)

Ye tuneful cobblers! still your notes prolong,
  Compose at once a slipper and a song;
    So shall the fair your handiwork peruse,
      Your sonnets sure shall please--perhaps your shoes.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 751)

I can tell where my own shoe pinches me.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, ch. IV)

The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Greatness

If you had taken off the shoe then, at length you would feel in what part it pinched you.
  [Lat., Si calceum induisses, tum demum sentires qua parte te urgeret.]
      - quoted by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus,
        as founded on the remarks of Paulus Aemilius when he divorced his wife

Let firm, well hammer'd soles protect thy feet
  Through freezing snows, and rains, and soaking sleet;
    Should the big last extend the shoe too wide,
      Each stone will wrench the unwary step aside;
        The sudden turn may stretch the swelling vein,
          The cracking joint unhinge, or ankle sprain;
            And when too short the modish shoes are worn,
              You'll judge the seasons by your shooting corn.
      - John Gay, Trivia (bk. I, l. 33)

I was not made of common calf,
  Nor ever meant for country loon;
    If with an axe I seem cut out,
      The workman was no cobbling clown;
        A good jack boot with double sole he made,
          To roam the woods, or through the rivers wade.
      - Giuseppe Giusti, The Chronicle of the Boot

Marry because you have drank with the king,
  And the king hath so graciously pledged you,
    You shall no more be called shoemakers.
      But you and yours to the world's end
        Shall be called the trade of the gentle craft.
      - George A. Greene, Time of Edward IV,
        probably a play of his

As he cobbled and hammered from morning till dark,
  With the footgear to mend on his knees,
    Stitching patches, or pegging on soles as he sang,
      Out of tune, ancient catches and glees.
      - Oscar H. Harpel, The Haunted Cobbler

One said he wondered that leather was not dearer than any other thing. Being demanded a reason: because, saith he, it is more stood upon than any other thing in the world.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        Shakespeare Jest Books--Conceits, Clinches, Flashes and Whimzies
         (no. 86)

The title of Ultracrepidarian critics has been given to those persons who find fault with small and insignificant details.
      - William Hazlitt (1), Table Talk
         (essay XXII)

The wearer knowes, where the shoe wrings.
  [The wearer knows best where the shoe pinches.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A careless shoe string, in whose tie
  I see a wilde civility.
      - Robert Herrick, Delight in Disorder

Cinderella's lefts and rights
  To Geraldine's were frights,
    And I trow
      The damsel, deftly shod,
        Has dutifully trod
          Until now.
      - Frederick Locker-Lampson,
        To My Mistress's Boots

Oh, where did hunter win
  So delicate a skin
    For her feet?
      You lucky little kid,
        You perished, so you did,
          For my sweet.
      - Frederick Locker-Lampson,
        To My Mistress's Boots

The fairy stitching gleams
  On the sides and in the seams,
    And it shows
      That Pixies were the wags
        Who tipped these funny tags
          And these toes.
      - Frederick Locker-Lampson,
        To My Mistress's Boots

Remember, cobbler, to keep to your leather.
  [Lat., Memento, in pellicula, cerdo, tenere tuo.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis) 3, 16, 6

When we see a man with bad shoes, we say it is no wonder, if he is a shoemaker.
  [Fr., Quand nous veoyons un homme mal chausse, nous disons que ce n'est pas merveille, s'il est chausstier.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. I, ch. XXIV)

To each foot its own shoe.
  [Fr., A chaque pied son soulier.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. XIII)

But from the hoop's bewitching round,
  He very shoe has power to wound.
      - Edward Moore,
        The Spider and the Bee--Fable X (l. 29)

Shoemaker, stick to your last.
  [Lat., Ne supra crepidam judicaret.]
      - quoted by Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (XXXV, 10, 36)

. . . And holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me."
      - Plutarch, Lives
         (vol. II, Life of Aemilius Paulus)

Hans Grovendraad, an honest clown,
  By cobbling in his native town,
    Had earned a living ever.
      His work was strong and clean and fine,
        And none who served at Crispin's shrine
          Was at his trade more clever.
      - Jan Van Ryswyk (Ryswick), Hans Grovendraad,
        translated from the French by F.W. Ricord


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