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A secret is too little for one, enough for two, and too much for three.
Apelles used to paint a good housewife on a snail, to import that she home-keeping.
Distance sometimes endears friendship and absence sweeteneth it.
First shall the heaven's bright lamp forget to shine,
The stars shall from the azur'd sky decline:
First shall the orient with the west shake hand,
The centre of the world shall cease to stand:
First wolves shall league with lambs, the dolphins fly,
The lawyer and physician fees deny;
The Thames with Tagus shall exchange her bed,
My mistress' locks wish mine shall first turn red;
First heav'n shall lie below, and hell above,
Ere I inconstant to my Delia prove.
Nature, the handmaid of God Almighty, does nothing but with good advice, if we make research into the true reason of things.
Sense, shortness, and salt.
- [Proverbs (General)]
Such is the strength of art, rough things to shape.
'T is a powerful sex; they were too strong for the first, the strongest, and the wisest man that was.
The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor.
The fangs of a bear, and the tusks of a wild boar, do not bite worse and make deeper gashes than a goose-quill sometimes; no, not even the badger himself, who is said to be so tenacious of his bite that he will not give over his hold till he feels his teeth meet and the bones crack.
They are those winged messengers that can fly
From the Antarctic to the Arctic sky;
The heralds and swift harbingers that move
From east to west on embassies of love.
We are saved from nothing if we are not saved from sin. Little sins are pioneers of hell. The backslider begins with what he foolishly considers trifling with little sins. There are no little sins. There was a time when all the evil that has existed in the world was comprehended in one sinful thought of our first parent; and all the now evil is the numerous and horrid progeny of one little sin.
Who has the fame to be an early riser may sleep till noon.
One hair of a woman can draw more than a hundred pair of oxen.
- Familiar Letters
(bk. 2, sect. 4, To T.D., Esq.) [Hair]
Goose [pen] bee [wax] and calf [parchment] govern the world.
[Lat., Anser, apie, vitellus, populus et regna gubernant.]
- quoted by Letters (bk. II, letter 2) [Pen]
Words are the soul's ambassadors, who go
Abroad upon her errands to and fro.
- Of Words [Words]
Appeles us'd to paint a good housewife upon a snayl; which intimated that she should be as slow from gadding abroad, and when she went she should carry her house upon her back; that is, should make all sure at home.
- Party of Beasts (p. 58) [Home]
Nor is this lower world but a huge inn,
And men the rambling passengers.
- The Vote,
poet prefixed to his "Familiar Letters"