better be out of the world than out of the fashion

1639 J. CLARKE Parœmiologia Anglo-Latina 171 As good out of th’ world as out o’ th’ fashion.

1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation ii. 117 ‘Why, Tom, you are high in the Mode.’.. ‘It is better to be out of the World, than out of the Fashion.’

1903 E. F. MAITLAND From Window in Chelsea IV. Women seem seldom hindered by lack of money when it is a case of follow-my-leader. ‘Better be out of the world than out of the fashion.’

1935 J. MAXTON If I were Dictator i. Dictatorships are fashionable just now. There was an old-time song which said ‘If you are out of the fashion you had better leave the world.’


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