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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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He that will win his dame must do As love does when he draws his bow; With one hand thrust the lady from, And with the other pull her home.

Wooing Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I, l. 449)

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For now the field is not far off Where we must give the world a proof Of deeds, not words.

Deeds Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 867)

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Where entity and quiddity, The ghosts of defunct bodies, fly.

Apparitions Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 145)

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Like feather-bed betwixt a wall And heavy brunt of cannon ball.

Beds Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 871)

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And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic, Was beat with fist instead of a stick.

Preaching Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 11)

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And he that makes his soul his surety, I think, does give the best security.

Soul Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 203)

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For truth is precious and divine; Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.

Truth Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto II, l. 257)

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'Tis not antiquity, nor author, That makes truth truth, altho' time's daughter.

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

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And poets by their sufferings grow,-- As if there were no more to do, To make a poet excellent, But only want and discontent.

Poets Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts

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And force them, though it was in spite Of Nature and their stars, to write.

Authorship Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 647)

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With mortal crisis doth portend, My days to appropinque an end.

Future Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 589)

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Whatever Sceptic could inquire for, For every why he had a wherefore.

Argument Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 131)

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He'd undertake to prove, by force Of argument, a man's no horse. He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a Lord may be an owl, A calf an Alderman, a goose a Justice, And rooks, Committee-men or Trustees.

Argument Quotes, by Samuel Butler (1) , Source: Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 71)

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