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2/8/1577 - 1/25/1640
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Penny wise, pound foolish.

Proverbs Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader (p. 35)

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The Chinese say that we Europeans have one eye, they themselves two, all the world else is blinde.

Eyes Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (ed. 6, p. 40)

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Carcasses bleed at the sight of the murderer.

Murder Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. I, memb. II, subsec. V)

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A mere madness, to live like a wretch, and die rich.

Misers Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsec. 13)

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[Diseases] crucify the soul of man, attenuate our bodies, dry them, wither them, shrivel them up like old apples, make them as so many anatomies.

Disease Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sc. 2, memb. 3, subsect. 10)

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For idleness is an appendix to nobility.

Idleness Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 2, subsect. 6)

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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.

Temptation Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsect. XIII)

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Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did "go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him."

Beggary Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, mem. 4, subsect. 6)

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Set a beggar on horseback, and he will ride a gallop. [Set a beggar on horseback, and he'll outride the Devil.]

Beggary Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. II, sec. III, memb. 2)

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The Devil himself, which is the author of confusion and lies.

Devil Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. III, sec. IV, memb. I, subsect. III)

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There is no such thing as happiness, only lesser shades of melancholy.

Melancholy Quotes, by Robert Burton

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He that will not when he may, When he will he shall have nay.

Opportunity Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. III, sect. 2, mem. 5, subs. 5), quoted

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And were it not that they are loath to lay out money on a rope, they would be hanged forthwith, and sometimes die to save charges.

Misers Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsec. 12)

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All our geese are swans.

Swans Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsect. 14)

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Doth the moon care for the barking of a dog?

Moon Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. II, sec. III, mem. 7)

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Every man for himself, his own ends, the devil for all.

Devil Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. III, sec. I, memb. III)

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Every schoolboy hath that famous testament of Grunnius Corocotta Porcellus at his fingers' ends.

Education Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. III, sec. I, mem. I, 1)

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'Tis a hydra's head contention; the more they strive the more they may: and as Praxiteles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy face in it, brake it in pieces; but for that one he saw many more as bad in a moment.

Contention Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. II, sc. 3, mem. 7)

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They had their lean books with the fat of others' works.

Plagiarism Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader

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When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done.

Rome Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (III, 4, 2)

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We can say nothing but what hath been said . . . Our poets steal from Homer . . . . Our storydressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best.

Plagiarism Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader

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If the world will be gulled, let it be gulled.

Deceit Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. III, sec. IV, memb. 1, subsect. 2)

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The miller sees not all the water that goes by his mill.

Water Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. III, sec. III, memb. 4, subsect. 1)

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Why doth one man's yawning make another yawn?

Example Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsect. 2)

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Believe Robert who has tried it. [Lat., Experto crede Roberto.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Robert Burton , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy, a proverb quoted by him in the introduction

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