As the story goes, Socrates engaged the cobbler and the local youth in philosophical discussions while Simon worked.
So, offer to bring a gorgeous pie (or cobbler, crisp, crumble, tart, compote or charlotte) to your next potluck invite.
Ill go all the same, said the cobbler, and without saying a word more he goes out and begins to make ready for his journey.
If he had only been a cobbler's son, a tailor's, a barber's!
Another of the whims of “cobbler” Horn was his fondness for doing what his sister called “common” work.
The cobbler knew nothing of the mine, but he held the scrip.
Then he filled the glass again and carried it carefully across the street to his friend the cobbler.
The cobbler and the dog being both my particular friends I complied.
Hitherto she has put on no airs with me, for I know the family traditions, and that her excellent father began life as a cobbler.
A philosopher can be anything he pleases, a cobbler, a king, or a physician.
late 13c., cobelere "one who mends shoes," of uncertain origin. It and cobble (v.) "evidently go together etymologically" [OED], but the historical record presents some difficulties. "The cobbler should stick to his last" (ne sutor ultra crepidam) is from the anecdote of Greek painter Apelles.
On one occasion a cobbler noticed a fault in the painting of a shoe, and remarking upon it to a person standing by, passed on. As soon as the man was out of sight Apelles came from his hiding-place, examined the painting, found that the cobbler's criticism was just, and at once corrected the error. ... The cobbler came by again and soon discovered that the fault he had pointed out had been remedied; and, emboldened by the success of his criticism, began to express his opinion pretty freely about the painting of the leg! This was too much for the patience of the artist, who rushed from his hiding place and told the cobbler to stick to his shoes. [William Edward Winks, "Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers," London, 1883][The quote is variously reported: Pliny ("Natural History" XXXV.x.36) has ne supra crepidam judicaret, while Valerius Maximus (VIII.xiii.3) gives supra plantam ascendere vetuit.]
"deep-dish fruit pie," 1859, American English, perhaps related to 14c. cobeler "wooden bowl."