Posted by ESC on May 25, 2006
In Reply to: Re: Neither use nor ornament posted by RRC on May 25, 2006
: : : where does the phrase " Neither use nor ornament" come from?
: : I'm not sure that this is the source, but Edmund Burke did say 'Stonehendge, neither for disposition nor ornament, has anything admirable', in 1756.
: It's NOT Shakespeare or KJV. I did find Robert Louis Stevenson uses the exact phrase in his story The Beach of Falesa which I think is from the early 1890's but I bet that's not the source.
Related phrase: Men should either be decorative or useful. I don't know who said it first. But I like it.