The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.
A woman, with only a fig-leaf for dress, has a double tail instead of legs.
Somebody said that Eves first thought after eating the apple was: How does my fig-leaf fit?
Yes, let her bring him to us at once, like a savage, without any fig-leaf.
And so for a while she made pride serve as fig-leaf to her nakedness.
It is the entire unveiling of a human heart; the tearing off of the fig-leaf covering of its sin.
I would not give a fig or a fig-leaf to know the truth of it, as far as any man can teach it me.
Nobody noticed their nakedness before, perhaps; nobody can help noticing it now, the fig-leaf makes it so conspicuous.
And was she then a truly "ignorant Eve," without a fig-leaf of knowledge pertaining to mesmerism?
Here is Phidias, gorgeous sculptor in gold and ivory, giant dreamer of the Infinite in marble; but he will not use the fig-leaf.