fine feathers make fine birds

Beautiful clothes confer beauty or status on the wearer. Cf. early 16th-cent. Fr. les belles plumes font les beaux oiseaux. Identified as a Basque saying by 1583 J. SPONDANUS in tr. Odyssey VI. 81 apud meos Vascones..hac parœmia..: speciosae plumae avem speciosam constituunt, this is a proverb amongst my fellow Basques: beautiful feathers make a beautiful bird.

1592 G. DELAMOTHE French Alphabet II. 29 The faire feathers, makes a faire foule.

1658 E. PHILLIPS Mysteries of Love & Eloquence 162 Fine feathers make fine birds. As you may see in Hide Park.

1858 SURTEES Ask Mamma X. Mrs. Joe..essayed to pick her to pieces, intimating that she was much indebted to her dress—that fine feathers made fine birds.

1968 I. PETITE Life on Tiger Mountain xiv. I feel,..if, indeed, ‘fine feathers make a fine bird,’ then I would just as soon not be that peculiar kind of fine bird.


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