"Being a Dandy is a condition rather than a profession. It is a defense against suffering & a celebration of life. It is not fashion. It is not wealth. And it is not learning. It is not beauty. It is a shield & a sword & a crown - all pulled out of the dressing up box in the attic of the imagination. Dandyism is a lie which reveals the truth & the truth is that we are what we pretend to be."