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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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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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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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Some have been beaten till they know What wood a cudgel's of by th' blow: Some kick'd until they can feel whether A shoe be Spanish or neat's leather.

Punishment Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 121)

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For rhyme the rudder is of verses, With which, like ships, they steer their courses.

Poetry Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 463)

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Some force whole regions, in despite O' geography, to change their site; Make former times shake hands with latter, And that which was before come after; But those that write in rhyme still make The one verse for the other's sake; For one for sense, and one for rhyme, I think's sufficient at one time.

Poetry Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 23)

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