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Robert Burton Quotes





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A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
 

A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
 

A good conscience is a continual feast.
 

A quiet mind cureth all.
 

Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards.
 

Diogenes struck the father when the son swore.
[Parenthood]
 

Employment... is so essential to human happiness that indolence is justly considered the mother of misery.
[Happiness]
 

Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular all his life long.
 

Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.
 

Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposals, the softest cushions to lean on in adversity.
[Hope]
 

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
 

If the world will be gulled, let it be gulled.
[Deception]
 

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.
 

No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.
[Faith]
 

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.
 

No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.
 

Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
 

One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
 

Set a beggar on horseback, and he will ride a gallop.
 

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
 


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