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.Rate it:
A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.Rate it:
A good conscience is a continual feast.Rate it:
A mere scholar, a mere ass.Rate it:
England is paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women.Rate it:
Hence it is clear how much more cruel the pen is than the sword.Rate it:
Hence it is clear how much more cruel the pen is than the sword.
(Hinc Gham Sit Calmus Saevior Ense Patet)
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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.Rate it:
Idleness is an appendix to nobility.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.Rate it:
No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.Rate it:
Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.Rate it:
One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.Rate it:
Penny wise, pound foolish.Rate it:
The devil is the author of confusion.Rate it:
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.Rate it:

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