Robert Burton

Robert Burton (8 February 1577 - 25 January 1640) was an English scholar and vicar at Oxford University, best known for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy

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A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
A good conscience is a continual feast.
A mere scholar, a mere ass.
England is paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women.
Hence it is clear how much more cruel the pen is than the sword.
Hence it is clear how much more cruel the pen is than the sword.
(Hinc Gham Sit Calmus Saevior Ense Patet)
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.
Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
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.
No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.
No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.
Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
Penny wise, pound foolish.
The devil is the author of confusion.
Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosophers stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases but as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale, 'Tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health; hellish, devilish and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul.

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