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SIR THOMAS OVERBURY
English poet and miscellaneous writer
(1581 - 1613)

A flatterer is the shadow of a fool.
      - [Flattery]

All her excellences stand in her so silently as if they had stolen upon her without her knowledge.
      - [Quality]

Books are a part of man's prerogative
  In formal ink, they thought and voices hold
    That we to them our solitude may give,
      And make time present travel that of old,
        Our life fame pieceth longer at the end,
          And books it farther backward doth extend.
      - [Books]

Give me, next good, an understanding wife,
  By nature wise, not learned by much art;
    Some knowledge on her side will all my life
      More scope of conversation then impart;
        Besides her inborn virtue fortify;
          They are most good who best know why.
      - [Wives]

Good deeds in this life are coals raked up in embers, to make a fire next day.
      - [Benevolence]

Nay, but weigh well what you presume to swear,
  Oaths are of dreadful weight! and, if they are false,
    Draw down damnation.
      - [Oaths]

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like a potato,--the only good belonging to him is underground.
      - [Ancestry]

Wit is brushwood, judgment timber; the one gives the greatest flame, the other yields the durablest heat; and both meeting make the best fire.
      - [Wit]

She makes her hand hard with labour, and her heart soft with pity: and when winter evenings fall early (sitting at her merry wheel), she sings a defiance to the giddy wheel of fortune . . . and fears no manner of ill because she means none.
      - A Fair and Happy Milkmaid [Songs]

And all the carnal beauty of my wife
  Is but skin-deep.
      - A Wife [Beauty]

Things were first made, then words.
      - A Wife [Words]

In part to blame is she,
  Which hath without consent bin only tride;
    He comes too neere, that comes to be denide.
      - A Wife (st. 36) [Wooing]

The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors is like a potato,--the only good belonging to him is under ground.
      - Characters [Ancestry]

Some men never spake a wise word, yet doe wisely; some on the other side doe never a wise deed, and yet speake wisely.
      - Crumms fal'n from King James Talk,
        in "Works" [Wisdom]

Wit and woman are two frail things, and both the frailer by concurring.
      - News from Court [Women]


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