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- In virtue, nothing earthly could surpass her,
Save thine "incomparable oil," Macassar!
- And the ripe harvest of the new-mown hay
Gives it a sweet and wholesome odour.
- Colley Cibber, Richard III (Altered) (1700), Act V, scene 3, line 44.
- I cannot talk with civet in the room,
A fine puss gentleman that's all perfume.
- William Cowper, Conversation (1782), line 283.
- Soft carpet-knights all scenting musk and amber.
- Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Divine Weekes and Workes (1578), Third Day, Part I.
- A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.
- Christian Dior, Gaille, Brandon (July 23, 2013). "List of 38 Famous Fashion Quotes and Sayings". BrandonGaille.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
- And ever since then, when the clock strikes two,
She walks unbidden from room to room,
And the air is filled that she passes through
With a subtle, sad perfume.
The delicate odor of mignonette,
The ghost of a dead and gone bouquet,
Is all that tells of her story—yet
Could she think of a sweeter way?
- Look not for musk in a dog's kennel.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651).
- A stream of rich distill'd perfumes.
- John Milton, Comus (1634), 556.
- Sabean odours from the spicy shore
Of Arabie the blest.
- And all Arabia breathes from yonder box.
- Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1712, revised 1714 and 1717), Canto I, line 134.
- And all your courtly civet cats can vent
Perfume to you, to me is excrement.
- Alexander Pope, Epilogue to the Satires, Dialogue II, line 188; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 593-94.
- So perfumed that
The winds were love-sick.
- From the barge
A strange invisible perfume hits the sense
Of the adjacent wharfs.
- Hast thou not learn'd me how
To make perfumes? distil? preserve? yea, so
That our great king himself doth woo me oft
For my confections?
- The perfumed tincture of the roses.
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet LIV (c. 1590-1595).
- Take your paper, too,
And let me have them very well perfumed,
For she is sweeter than perfume itself
To whom they go to.
- Perfume for a lady's chamber.