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Robert Burton Quotes

(1576-1640), British Clergyman, Scholar

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.

Category: Ambition

The fear of death is worse than death.

Category: Death And Dying

The devil is the author of confusion.

Category: Devil

They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.

Category: Humility

Idleness is an appendix to nobility.

Category: Idleness

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.

Category: Love

One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.

Category: Marriage

What can't be cured must be endured.

Category: Medicine

England is paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women.

Category: Nationalities And Nationalism

A mere scholar, a mere ass.

Category: Scholars And Scholarship

Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosophers stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases but as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale, 'Tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health; hellish, devilish and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul.

Category: Smoking

I may not here omit those two main plagues, and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people. They go commonly together.

Category: Wine

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

Category: Words