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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.
I'll go his halves.

Book iv. Chapter 24.
The Devil was sick, the Devil a monk would be ;
The Devil was well, the Devil a monk was he.




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 lic contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired; and when there is no more to be desireil, 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

Part ii. Book iv. Ch. 16. Blessings on him who invented sleep, the mantle that covers all human thoughts.



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.



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.


1561-1626. 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 inan, 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.


1608--1661. Iloly 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 marry 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.


1653-1716. From a Letter to the Marquis of Montrose, the Earl of

Rothes, etc. 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.


1672-1751. On the Study and Use of Iistory. Letter 2 I have read somewhere or other, in Dionysius Halicarnassus, I think, that History is Philosophy teaching by examples.



Poor Richard.

God helps them that help themselves.

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.

Here Skugg

Lies snug,
As a bug
In a rug:

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