The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
— Mahatma Gandhi
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The hair is the richest ornament of women.
— ornament quotation by Martin Luther
Architecture has its political Use; publick Buildings being the Ornament of a Country; it establishes a Nation, draws People and Commerce; makes the People love their native Country, which Passion is the Original of all great Actions in a Common-wealth. Architecture aims at Eternity.
Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit.
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order.
It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
The ornament of a house is the friend who frequent it.
Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences;
men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole.
I love art, and I love history, but it is living art and living history that I love. It is in the interest of living art and living history that I oppose so-called restoration. What history can there be in a building bedaubed with ornament, which cannot at the best be anything but a hopeless and lifeless imitation of the hope and vigor of the earlier world?
Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament;
it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
Wine is a part of society because it provides a basis not only for a morality but also for an environment; it is an ornament in the slightest ceremonials of French daily life, from the snack to the feast, from the conversation at the local caf? to the speech at a formal dinner.
I repeat, sir, that in whatever position you place a woman she is an ornament to society and a treasure to the world. As a sweetheart, she has few equals and no superiors; as a cousin, she is convenient; as a wealthy grandmother with an incurable distemper, she is precious; as a wet-nurse, she has no equal among men. What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this;
was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it?
All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!
But now sustainability is such a political category that it's getting more and more difficult to think about it in a serious way. Sustainability has become an ornament.
I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.
Libel actions, when we look at them in perspective, are an ornament of a civilized society. They have replaced, after all, at least in most cases, a resort to weapons in defense of a reputation.
The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God.
Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.
Bad conduct soils the finest ornament more than filth.
Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse.
The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.
But the building's identity resided in the ornament.
Of course, it does depend on the people, but sometimes I'
m invited places to kind of brighten up a dinner table like a musician who'll play the piano after dinner, and I know you're not really invited for yourself. You're just an ornament.
Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox;
others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
Knowledge of the past and of the places of the earth is the ornament and food of the mind of man.
Let us have no machine-made ornament at all; it is all bad and worthless and ugly.