Robert Burton


English Clergyman, Writer and Scholar at Oxford University

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A good conscience is a continual feast, but a galled conscience is as great a torment as can possibly happen, a still baking oven (so Pierius in his Hieroglyph compares it), another hell.

Be not solitary, be not idle.

Everything, saith Epictetus, hath two handles,?the one to be held by, the other not.

I had a heavy heart and an ugly head, a kind of impostume in my head, which I was very desirous to be unladen of.

Like a hog, or dog in the manger, he doth only keep it because it shall do nobody else good, hurting himself and others.

A good husband makes a good wife

Believe Robert who has tried it.

Fabricius finds certain spots and clouds in the sun.

I had not time to lick it into form, as a bear doth her young ones.

Like him in ’sop, he whipped his horses withal, and put his shoulder to the wheel.

Agencies should encourage their acquisition professionals to limit the use of brand-name specifications and maximize competition.

But amongst these exercises, or recreations of the mind within doors, there is none so general, so aptly to be applied to all sorts of men, so fit and proper to expel idleness and melancholy, as that of Study: Studia senectutem oblectant, adolescentiam alunt, secundas res ornant, adversis perfugiam et solatium pr‘bant, domi delectant, &c. [Study is the delight of old age, the support of youth, the ornament of prosperity, the solace and refuge of adversity, the comfort of domestic life, &c.]: find the rest in Tully pro Archia Poeta.

False friendship is like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.

I may not here omit those two main plagues and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people; they go commonly together.

Machiavel says virtue and riches seldom settle on one man.

All my joys to this are folly naught so sweet as melancholy.

Can build castles in the air.

Felix Plater notes of some young physicians, that study to cure diseases, catch them themselves, will be sick, and appropriate all symptoms they find related of others to their own persons.

I say with Didacus Stella, a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself

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

All places are distant from heaven alike

Compound for sins they are inclined to, by damning those they have no mind to.

For ignorance is the mother of devotion, as all the world knows, and these times can amply witness.

I would help others, out of a fellow-feeling.

All Poets are mad.

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English Clergyman, Writer and Scholar at Oxford University