Robert Burton

Robert
Burton
1577
1640

English Clergyman, Writer and Scholar at Oxford University

Author Quotes

Our mental limitations prevent us from accepting our mental limitations.

No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.

Of all vanities of fopperies, the vanity of high birth is the greatest. True nobility is derived from virtue, not from birth. Titles, indeed, may be purchased, but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.

Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.

No one seriously doubts Socrates' maxim: The unexamined life isn't worth living. Self-assessment and attempts at self-improvement are essential aspects of "the good life." Yes, we should engage in ruthless self-reflection and harsh scrutiny, but we should simultaneously acknowledge that such introspection will, at best, only result in a partial view of our minds at work. Complete objectivity is not an option.

Naught so damn'd as melancholy.

Naught so sweet as melancholy.

Most part of a lover's life is full of agony, anxiety, fear and grief, complaints, sighs, suspicions, and cares (heigh-ho my heart is woe), full of silence and irksome solitariness

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.

Melancholy can be overcome only by melancholy.

Misery assails riches, as lightning does the highest towers; or as a tree that is heavy laden with fruit breaks its own boughs, so do riches destroy the virtue of their possessor.

Matches are made in heaven.

Melancholy advanceth men's conceits more than shy humor whatever.

Marriage and hanging go by destiny; matches are made in heaven.

Many things happen between the cup and the lip.

Make a virtue of necessity.

Many men are melancholy by hearing music, but it is a pleasing melancholy that it causeth; and therefore to such as are discontent, in woe, fear, sorrow, or dejected, it is a most present remedy.

Like Aesop's fox, when he had lost his tail, would have all his fellow foxes cut off theirs.

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.

Like the watermen that row one way and look another.

It is most true, our style betrays us.

It never yet happened to any man since the beginning of the world, nor ever will, to have all things according to his desire, or to whom fortune was never opposite and adverse.

Isocrates adviseth Demonicus, when he came to a strange city, to worship by all means the gods of the place.

It is believable because unbelievable.

Author Picture
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Burton
Birth Date
1577
Death Date
1640
Bio

English Clergyman, Writer and Scholar at Oxford University