William Camden


English Antiquary, Historian, Topographer and Officer of Arms

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He that mischief hatcheth, mischief catcheth.

Hitherto will our sparkful youth laugh at their great-grandfathers’ English, who had more care to do well than to speak minion-like.

My friend, judge not me, Thou seest I judge not thee; Betwixt the stirrop and the ground, Mercy I askt, mercy I found.

Our English tongue is, I will not say as sacred as the Hebrew, or as learned as the Greek, but as fluent as the Latin, as courteous as the Spanish, as courtlike as the French, and as amorous as the Italian.

Our poets excel in grandity and gravity, in smoothness and property, in quickness and briefness.

Such patching maketh Littleton’s hotchpot of our tongue, and, in effect, brings the same rather to a Babellish confusion than any one entire language.

The early bird catches the worm.

A zealous locksmith died of late, and did arrive at heaven gate, he stood without and would not knock, because he meant to pick the lock.

The effectual power of words the Pythagoreans extolled; the impious Jews ascribed all miracles to a name which was ingraved in the revestiary of the temple.

Agree, for the law is costly.

The sea hath fish for every man.

Alterations of surnames have so intricated, or rather obscured, the truth of our pedigrees, that it will be no little hard labour to deduce them.

When substantialness combineth with delightfulness, and correctness with stayedness, how can the language sound otherwise than most full of sweetness?

An inch in a miss is as good as an ell.

Better a bad excuse, than none at all.

Better halfe a loafe than no bread.

Betwixt the stirrup and the ground, mercy I asked, mercy I found.

Chance is a nickname for Providence.

God sendeth cold after clothes.

Love cometh in at the window and goeth out at the door.

What the Harte thinketh, the Tongue speaketh.

It is easier to descend than to ascend.

Thoughts are free from toll.

A close mouth catches no flies.

Fair words hurt not the mouth.

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English Antiquary, Historian, Topographer and Officer of Arms