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Why should not Conscience have vacation As well as other Courts o' th' nation? Have equal power to adjourn, Appoint appearance and return?

Conscience Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto II, l. 317)

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The moon pull'd off her veil of light, That hides her face by day from sight (Mysterious veil, of brightness made,) That's both her lustre and her shade), And in the lantern of the night, With shining horns hung out her light.

Moon Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 905)

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Nick Machiavel had ne'er a trick (Though he gave his name to our Old Nick).

Devil Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,313)

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For trouts are tickled best in muddy water.

Trout Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: On a Hypocritical Nonconformist (st. 4)

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For though to smatter ends of Greek Or Latin be the rhetoric Of pedants counted, and vain-glorious, To smatter French is meritorious. - Samuel Butler (1),

Linguists Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Remains in Verse and Prose--Satire--Upon Our Ridiculous Imitation of the French (line 127), a Greek

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As quick as lightning, in the breach Just in the place where honour's lodged, As wise philosophers have judged, Because a kick in that place more Hurts honour than deep wounds before.

Honor Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 1,066)

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'Tis not amiss, ere ye're giv'n o'er, To try one desp'rate med'cine more; For where your case can be no worse, The desp'rat'st is the wisest course.

Medicine Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Epistle of Hudibras to Sidrophel (l. 5)

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The Roman senate, when within The city walls an owl was seen, Did cause their clergy, with lustrations . . . . The round-fac'd prodigy t' avert, From doing town or country hurt.

Owls Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 709)

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The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.

Ignorance Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras

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To swallow gudgeons ere they're catch'd. And count their chickens ere they're hatch'd.

Proverbial phrases Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 923)

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Through thick and thin.

Proverbial phrases Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, p. 370)

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He ne'er consider'd it as loth To look a gift-horse in the mouth, And very wisely would lay forth No more upon it than 'twas worth; But as he got it freely, so He spent it frank and freely too: For saints themselves will sometimes be, Of gifts that cost them nothing, free.

Gifts Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 489)

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Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud, and vain.

Authority Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts (l. 283)

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He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it.

Authority Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts (l. 283)

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Authority is never without hate.

Authority Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts (l. 283)

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And wisely tell what hour o' th' day The clock does strike by Algebra.

Learning Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, 125)

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In mathematics he was greater Than Tycho Brahe, or Erra Pater; For he, by geometric scale, Could take the size of pots of ale.

Learning Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 119)

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For brevity is very good, Where we are, or are not understood.

Speech Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 669)

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He who does not make his words rather serve to conceal than discover the sense of his heart deserves to have it pulled out like a traitor's and shown publicly to the rabble.

Speech Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: The Modern Politician

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Your pettifoggers damn their souls, To share with knaves in cheating fools.

Law Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 515)

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Is not the winding up witnesses, And nicking, more than half the bus'ness? For witnesses, like watches, go Just as they're set, too fast or slow; And where in Conscience they're strait-lac'd, 'Tis ten to one that side is cast.

Law Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto II, l. 359)

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He knew what's what, and that's as high As metaphysic wit can fly.

Knowledge Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 149)

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Deep sighted in intelligence, Ideas, atoms, influences.

Knowledge Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 533)

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Nor do I know what is become Of him, more than the Pope of Rome.

Knowledge Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 263)

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He knew whats'ever 's to be known, But much more than he knew would own.

Knowledge Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 297)

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