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ROBERT BURTON
English writer, philosopher and humorist
(1576 - 1640)
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'Tis the beginning of hell in this life, and a passion not to be excused. Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse: envy alone wants both.
      - [Envy]

Titles, indeed, may be purchased; but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.
      - [Titles]

To enlarge or illustrate this power of the effects of love is to set a candle in the sun.
      - [Love]

To think well of every other man's condition, and to dislike our own, is one of the misfortunes of human nature. "Pleased with each other's lot, our own we hate."
      - [Covetousness]

Where God bath a temple, the devil will have a chapel.
      - [Devil]

Wit without an employment is a disease.
      - [Wit]

Wit without employment is a disease.
      - [Wit]

Wonders I sing; the sun has set; no night has followed.
  [Lat., Mira cano; sol occubuit;
    Nox nulla secuta est.]
      - quoting Giraldus Gambrensis found in Camden "Epigrammes"
        [Wonder]

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.
      - [Riches]

All my griefs to this are jolly,
  Naught so damn'd as melancholy.
      - Abstract to Anatomy of Melancholy
        [Melancholy]

All my joys to this are folly,
  Naught so sweet as melancholy.
      - Abstract to Anatomy of Melancholy
        [Melancholy]

Believe Robert who has tried it.
  [Lat., Experto crede Roberto.]
      - Anatomy of Melancholy,
        a proverb quoted by him in the introduction
        [Experience : Proverbs]

Blessed is the wooing
  That is not long a-doing.
      - quoted by Anatomy of Melancholy [Wooing]

It is believable because unbelievable.
  [Lat., Ideo crededum quod incredibile.]
      - Anatomy of Melancholy, quoting Tertullian
        [Belief]

It is most true, stylus virum arguit, our style bewrays us.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy [Style]

The fear of death is worse than death.
  [Lat., Timor mortis morte pejor.]
      - Anatomy of Melancholy [Death]

Tobacco, divine, rare superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all panaceas, potable gold and philosopher's stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy [Tobacco]

One religion is as true as another.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy
         (bk. III, sec. IV, memb. 2, subsec, 1)
        [Religion]

The Chinese say that we Europeans have one eye, they themselves two, all the world else is blinde.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy (ed. 6, p. 40)
        [Eyes]

The rich Physician, honor'd Lawyers ride,
  Whilst the poor Scholar foots it by their side.
    [Lat., Dat Galenus opes, dat Justinianus honores,
      Sed genus species cogitur ire pedes.]
      - Anatomy of Melancholy (I, 2, 3, 15)
        [Medicine]

When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy (III, 4, 2) [Rome]

[Diseases] crucify the soul of man, attenuate our bodies, dry them, wither them, shrivel them up like old apples, make them as so many anatomies.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sc. 2, memb. 3, subsect. 10)
        [Disease]

No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sc. II, memb. 2, subsect. 3)
        [Proverbs]

See one promontory (said Socrates of old) one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. 2, memb. 4, subsec. 7)
        [Nature]

Carcasses bleed at the sight of the murderer.
      - Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. I, memb. II, subsec. V)
        [Murder]


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