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IZAAK WALTON. 1593-1683.

NGLING is somewhat like poetry, men are to be
The Complete Angler. Parti. Ch. 1.

born so.

We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries: Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did:' and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.

Ibid. Parti. Ch. 5.

Thus use your frog: put your hook, I mean the arming wire, through his mouth, and out at his gills, and then with a fine needle and silk sew the upper part of his leg with only one stitch to the arming wire of your hook, or tie the frog's leg above the upper joint to the armed wire; and in so doing use him as though you loved him.


JOHN MILTON. 1608-1674.

RUTH is as impossible to be soiled by any out


ward touch as the sunbeam.

The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce.

A poet soaring in the high reason of his fancies, with his garland and singing robes about him.

The Reason of Church Government.

Book ii.

By labour and intent study (which I take to be my portion in this life) joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to aftertimes, as they should not willingly let it die. The Reason of Church Government. Book ii. Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.


He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things, ought himself to be a true poem. Apology for Smectymnuus.

I shall detain you no longer in the demonstration of what we should not do, but strait conduct ye to a hillside, where I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble education; laborious indeed at the first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect, and melodious sounds on every side, that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming.

Tract of Education.

In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth. Ibid.

Enflamed with the study of learning and the admiration of virtue; stirred up with high hopes of living to be brave men and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages.


As good almost kill a man, as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's

image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself. Areopagitica.

A good book is the precious life-blood of a masterspirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.


Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks; methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full mid-day beam.


By this time, like one who had set out on his way by night, and travelled through a region of smooth and idle dreams, our history now arrives on the confines, where daylight and truth meet us with a clear dawn, representing to our view, though at far distance, true colours and shapes.

History of England. Book i. ad fin. For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrower, among good authors is accounted Plagiarè. Iconoclastes xxiv. ad fin.


JOHN SELDEN. 1584-1654.

LD friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.

Table Talk. Friends.

Commonly we say a judgment falls upon a man for something in him we cannot abide.

Syllables govern the world.




THOMAS FULLER. 1608-1661.

UT our captain counts the image of God nevertheless his image, cut in ebony as if done in ivory. Holy State. The Good Sea-Captain.

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. Ibid. Of Natural Fools.

They that marry ancient people merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter. Ibid. Of Marriage.

To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul. Ibid. The Virtuous Lady.

Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost. Ibid. Of Books.

Often the cockloft is empty, in those which nature hath built many stories high.

Andronicus. Ad. fin. 1.



The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.

Holy State. Of Tombs.




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. Letter to the Marquis of Montrose, the Earl of Rothes, etc.


ISAAC NEWTON. 1642-1727.

SEEM to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Turner's Collections relative to the Town of Grantham.

RICHARD RUMBOLD. On the Scaffold. 1865.*


NEVER could believe that Providence had sent

a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.

* MACAULAY. History of England.

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