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Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894): Rue de Paris, temps de pluie, 1877.

An umbrella or parasol (also called a brolly, rainshade, sunshade, gamp or bumbershoot) is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. The term parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof.


  • Accipe quæ nimios vincant umbracula soles;
    Sit licet et ventus, te tua vela tegent.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 826.
  • We bear our shades about us; self-deprived
    Of other screen, the thin umbrella spread,
    And range an Indian waste without a tree.
  • Of doues I haue a dainty paire
    Which, when you please to take the aier,
    About your head shall gently houer,
    Your cleere browe from the sunne to couer,
    And with their nimble wings shall fan you
    That neither cold nor heate shall tan you,
    And like umbrellas, with their feathers
    Sheeld you in all sorts of weathers.
  • Good housewives all the winter's rage despise,
    Defended by the riding-hood's disguise;
    Or, underneath the umbrella's oily shade,
    Safe through the wet on clinking pattens tread,
    Let Persian dames the umbrella's ribs display,
    To guard their beauties from the sunny ray;
    Or sweating slaves support the shady load,
    When eastern monarchs show their state abroad;
    Britain in winter only knows its aid,
    To guard from chilling showers the walking maid.
  • When my water-proof umbrella proved a sieve, sieve, sieve,
    When my shiny new umbrella proved a sieve.
  • The inseparable gold umbrella which in that country [Burma] as much denotes the grandee as the star or garter does in England.
  • See, here's a shadow found; the human nature
    Is made th' umbrella to the Deity,
    To catch the sunbeams of thy just Creator;
    Beneath this covert thou may'st safely lie.
  • It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of Respectability. The umbrella has become the acknowledged index of social position…. Crusoe was rather a moralist than a pietist, and his leaf-umbrella is as fine an example of the civilized mind striving to express itself under adverse circumstances as we have ever met with.
  • It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the very foremost badge of modern civilization—the Urim and Thummim of respectability…. So strongly do we feel on this point, indeed, that we are almost inclined to consider all who possess really well-conditioned umbrellas as worthy of the Franchise.
  • Umbrellas, like faces, acquire a certain sympathy with the individual who carries them…. May it not be said of the bearers of these inappropriate umbrellas, that they go about the streets "with a lie in their right hand?"… Except in a very few cases of hypocrisy joined to a powerful intellect, men, not by nature, umbrellarians, have tried again and again to become so by art, and yet have failed—have expended their patrimony in the purchase of umbrella after umbrella, and yet have systematically lost them, and have finally, with contrite spirits and shrunken purses, given up their vain struggle, and relied on theft and borrowing for the remainder of their lives.
  • The tucked-up sempstress walks with hasty strides,
    While streams run down her oil'd umbrella's sides.

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