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Book i. Chapter 11. He looked a gift horse in the mouth.
By robbing Peter he paid Paul, and hoped to
catch larks if ever the heavens should fall.
He did make of necessity virtue.
Book iv. Chapter 23.
Book iv. Chapter 24.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES.
Don Quixote. Translated by Jarvis.
Part i. Book iv. Ch. 20.
Every one is the son of his own works.
Part i. Book iv. Ch. 23. I would do what I pleased, and doing what I pleased, I should have my will, and having my will, I should be contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired; and when there is no more to be desired, there is an end of it.
Part ii. Book i. Ch. 4. Every one is as God made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse
Partii. Book iv. Ch. 16. Blessings on him who invented sleep, the mantle that covers all human thoughts.
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY. 1554-1586. The Defence of Poesy. He cometh unto you with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney-corner.
I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglass, that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet.
Arcadia. Book i. There is no man suddenly either excellently good, or extremely evil.
They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
1588-1679. The Leviathan. Part i. Chap. 4. For words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools.
Essay viii. Of Marriage and Single Life.
He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages
to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises,
either of virtue or mischief.
Essay 1. Of Studies. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
Histories make men wise, poets witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep, moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
THOMAS FULLER. 1608-1661. Holy State. Book ii. Ch. 20. The Good Sea-captain. But our captain counts the image of God, nevertheless his image cut in ebony, as if done in ivory.
Book iii. Ch. 12. Of Natural Fools. Their heads sometimes so little, that there is no more room for wit; sometimes so long, that there is no wit for so much room.
Book iii. Ch. 22. Of Marriage. They that many ancient people merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter.
Book iv. Ch. 13. To smell a turf of fresh earth, is wholesome for the body ; no less are thoughts of mortality, cordial to the soul.
Andronicus. Ad. fin. 1. Often the cockloft is empty, in those which Nature hath built many stories high.
ANDREW FLETCHER OF SALTOUN.
From a Letter to the Marquis of Montrose, the Earl of
I knew a very wise man that believed that, if a man
were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care
who should make the laws of a nation.
HENRY ST. JOHN, VISCOUNT BOLINGBROKE.
On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2
I have read somewhere or other, in Dionysius Ilali
carnassus, I think, that History is Philosophy teaching
by examples. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.
Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Three removes are as bad as a fire.
Vessels large may venture more,
But little boats should keep near shore.
You pay too much for your whistle.
From a Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley, on the Loss of her American Squirrel.