Robert Burton


English Clergyman, Writer and Scholar at Oxford University

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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

Wonders I sing; the sun has set; no night has followed.

Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun.

Why doth one man's yawning make another yawn?

Wit without employment is a disease.

Whoever you may be, I caution you against rashly defaming the author of this work, or cavilling in jest against him. Nay, do not silently reproach him in consequence of others' censure, nor employ your wit in foolish disapproval or false accusation. For, should Democritus Junior prove to be what he professes, even a kinsman of his elder namesake, or be ever so little of the same kidney, it is all up with you: he will become both accuser and judge of you in his petulant spleen, will dissipate you in jest, pulverize you with witticisms, and sacrifice you, I can promise you, to the God of Mirth.

Where God hath a temple, the devil will have a chapel.

Whilst the poor Scholar foots it by their side.

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English Clergyman, Writer and Scholar at Oxford University