Sermon quotes on clothing

Linda Baumgarten

Through their wearing apparel, people can say subtle or important things that they could not or would not utter directly.

Sarah A. Chase

In every culture, clothing not only is utilitarian but also symbolizes a person’s or group’s identity.

Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels)

Police officer: “Pull over.”

Harry: “No, it’s a cardigan. But thanks for noticing.”

Dumb and Dumber

Albert Einstein

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies…. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.

Ephrem of Syria

All these changes did the Merciful One effect: Stripping of His glory and putting on a body; For He had devised a way to reclothe Adam, In that glory which Adam had stripped off.

Ephrem of Syria

Our body became your Garment;

Your spirit became our robe.

Michel Foucault

The body is given meaning and wholly constituted by discourse. The body vanishes as a biological entity and becomes instead a socially constituted product which is infinitely malleable and highly unstable.

Julian Of Norwich

I saw that He is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us: He is our clothing that for love wrappeth us, claspeth us, and all encloseth us for tender love, that He may never leave us; being to us all-thing that is good.

Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.

Alison Lurie

For thousands of years human beings have communicated with one another first in the language of dress. Long before I am near enough to talk to you on the street, in a meeting, or at a party, you announce your sex, age, and class to me through what you are wearing—and very possibly give me important information (or misinformation) as to your occupation, origin, personality, opinions, tastes, sexual desires and current mood. . . . By the time we meet and converse we have already spoken to each other in an older and more universal tongue.

The Language of Clothes (New York: Random House, 1981), 3.

Alexander MacLaren

It takes a lifetime to fathom Jesus; it takes a lifetime to appropriate Jesus, it takes a lifetime to be clothed with Jesus. And the question comes to each of us, have we ‘put off the old man with his deeds’? Are we daily, as sure as we put on our clothes in the morning, putting on Christ the Lord?”

Thomas More

“How can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.”



The Lord Jesus Christ himself…is said to be the clothing of the saints.

Mark Twain

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.

Steven Tyler

You’d be surprised how expensive it costs to look this cheap.

Susan M. Watkins

Clothing is our most intimate environment.

Daneen Wordrop

How do we tell ourselves apart from what we wear, in the end?

Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels)

{responding to a police officer ordering him to pull over.]

“No, it’s a cardigan, but thanks for noticing!”

Dumb and Dumber, 1994.