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ROBERT BURTON
English writer, philosopher and humorist
(1576 - 1640)
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A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
      - [Words]

A faithful friend is better than gold--a medicine for misery, an only possession.
      - [Friends]

Ambition, that high and glorious passion, which makes such havoc among the sons of men, arises from a proud desire of honor and distinction; and when the splendid trappings in which it is usually caparisoned are removed, will be found to consist of the mean materials of envy, pride, and covetousness.
      - [Ambition]

As amber attracts a straw, so does beauty admiration, which only lasts while the warmth continues.
      - [Beauty]

As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns,--as the heavens are sometimes overcast, alternately tempestuous and serene; so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joy and sorrows, with pleasure and with pains.
      - [Contrast]

Be fearful only of thyself, and stand in awe of none more than thine own conscience.
      - [Conscience]

Be not solitary, be not idle.
      - [Solitude]

Comparisons are odious.
      - [Comparison]

Conquer thyself. Till thou hast done that thou art a slave; for it is almost as well for thee to be in subjection to another's appetite as thy own.
      - [Self-control]

Conscience is a great ledger book in which all our offences are written and registered, and which time reveals to the sense and feeling of the offender.
      - [Conscience]

Contention is a hydra's head: the more they strive the more they may: and as Praxiteles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy face in it, brake it in pieces: but for that one he saw many more as bad in a moment.
      - [Contention]

Covetous men are fools, miserable wretches, buzzards, madmen who live by themselves, in perpetual slavery, fear, suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more of gall than honey in their enjoyments; who are rather possessed by their money than possessors of it.
      - [Covetousness]

Employment, which Galen call's "nature's physician," is so essential to human happiness, that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery.
      - [Employment]

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
      - [Friendship]

Food, improperly taken, not only produces original diseases, but affords those that are already engendered both matter and sustenance; so that, let the father of disease be what it may. Intemperance is certainly its mother.
      - [Diet]

Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities, and the fountain of all our diseases. As a lamp is choked by a superabundance of oil, a fire extinguished by excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by intemperate diet.
      - [Gluttony]

Have not too low thoughts of thyself. The confidence a man hath of his being pleasant in his demeanor is a means whereby he infallibly cometh to be such.
      - [Self-respect]

He loves who advises.
      - [Advice]

He that comes last is commonly best.
      - [Winning]

How much more cruel the pen may be than the sword.
      - [Writing]

I have no wife or children, good or bad, to provide for; a mere spectator of other men's fortunes and adventures, and how they play their parts; which, methinks, are diversely presented unto me, as from, a common theatre or scene.
      - [Bachelors]

I say to thee be thou satisfied. It is recorded of the hares that with a general consent they went to drown themselves out of a feeling of their misery; but when they saw a company of frogs more fearful than they were, they began to take courage and comfort again. Confer thine estate with others.
      - [Contentment]

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
      - [Idleness]

Idleness is the badge of the gentry, the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the stepmother of discipline, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active, and, if it is not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy.
      - [Idleness]

Idleness is the nurse of naughtiness.
      - [Idleness]


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