English Antiquary, Historian, Topographer and Officer of Arms
"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."
"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."
"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 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."