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Robert Burton quotes

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

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

Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun.

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

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

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

A quiet mind cureth all.

To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun.

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

A good conscience is a continual feast.

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

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

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.

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.

We can make mayors and officers every year, but not scholars.

What is life, when wanting love? Night without a morning; love's the cloudless summer sun, nature gay adorning.

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.