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I had not time to lick it into form, as a bear doth her young ones.
—  Robert Burton
Every man for himself, his own ends, the Devil for all.
—  Robert Burton
Seneca thinks the gods are well pleased when they see great men contending with adversity.
—  Robert Burton
A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better.
—  Robert Burton
As much valour is to be found in feasting as in fighting, and some of our city captains and carpet knights will make this good, and prove it.
—  Robert Burton
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.
—  Robert Burton
Like a hog, or dog in the manger, he doth only keep it because it shall do nobody else good, hurting himself and others.
—  Robert Burton
When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done.
—  Robert Burton
Isocrates adviseth Demonicus, when he came to a strange city, to worship by all means the gods of the place.
—  Robert Burton
Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
—  Robert Burton
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.
—  Robert Burton
Like him in Aesop, he whipped his horses withal, and put his shoulder to the wheel.
—  Robert Burton
And hold one another's noses to the grindstone hard.
—  Robert Burton
A mere madness, to live like a wretch and die rich.
—  Robert Burton
Tobacco, divine, rare, super excellent tobacco, which goes beyond all their panaceas, potable gold, and philosopher's 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.
—  Robert Burton
As clear and as manifest as the nose in a man's face.
—  Robert Burton
Aristotle said melancholy men of all others are most witty.
—  Robert Burton
Felix Plater notes of some young physicians, that study to cure diseases, catch them themselves, will be sick, and appropriate all symptoms they find related of others to their own persons.
—  Robert Burton
The miller sees not all the water that goes by his mill.
—  Robert Burton
Set a beggar on horseback and he will ride a gallop.
—  Robert Burton
We can make majors and officers every year, but not scholars; kings can invest knights and barons, as Sigismund the emperor confessed.
—  Robert Burton
And this is that Homer's golden chain, which reacheth down from heaven to earth, by which every creature is annexed, and depends on his Creator.
—  Robert Burton
Who cannot give good counsel? T'is cheap, it costs them nothing.
—  Robert Burton
To these crocodile tears they will add sobs, fiery sighs, and sorrowful countenance.
—  Robert Burton
I say with Didacus Stella, a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
—  Robert Burton
Every schoolboy hath that famous testament of Grunnius Corocotta Porcellus at his fingers' end.
—  Robert Burton
No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.
—  Robert Burton
Like Aesop's fox, when he had lost his tail, would have all his fellow foxes cut off theirs.
—  Robert Burton
The fear of some divine and supreme powers keeps men in obedience.
—  Robert Burton
As that great captain, Ziska, would have a drum made of his skin when he was dead, because he thought the very noise of it would put his enemies to flight.
—  Robert Burton
They are proud in humility; proud in that they are not proud.
—  Robert Burton
One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
—  Robert Burton
Hannibal, as he had mighty virtues, so had he many vices; he had two distinct persons in him.
—  Robert Burton
Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.
—  Robert Burton

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