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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.
ANDREW FLETCHER OF SALTOUN.
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.
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.
HENRY ST. JOHN, VISCOUNT BOLINGBROKE. 1672-1751.
HAVE read somewhere or other, in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think, that history is philosophy teaching by examples.*
On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2.
* Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Ars Rhet. xi. 2 (p. 398, R.), says: Παιδεία ἄρα ἐστὶν ἡ ἔντευξις τῶν ἠθῶν· τοῦτο καὶ Θουκυδίδης ἔοικε λέγειν, περὶ ἱστορίας λέγων· ὅτι καὶ ἱστορία φιλοσοφία ἐστὶν ἐκ παραδειγμάτων, quoting Thuc. I. 22.
Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for
He has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle.
When I see a merchant over-polite to his customers, begging them to take a little brandy and throwing his goods on the counter, thinks I, that man has an axe to grind.
As a bug
In a rug.
From a Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley, on
the Loss of her American Squirrel.
SIR RICHARD STEELE. 1671-1729.
LADY Elizabeth Hastings.) Though her mien
carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behaviour; to love her was a liberal education.*
Leigh Hunt incorrectly ascribes the expression, to love her was a liberal education, to Congreve.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE. 1723-1780.
THE royal navy of England hath ever been its
greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength, -the floating bulwark of our Commentaries. Vol. i. p. 418.
SIR ROBERT WALPOLE. 1674-1746.
FLOWERY oratory he despised. He ascribed to
the interested views of themselves or their relatives, the declarations of pretended patriots, of whom he said, All those men have their price.*
From Coxe's Memoirs of Walpole. Vol. iv. p. 369.
Anything but history, for history must be false.
Walpoliani, No. 141.
SIR JOHN POWELL.
IET us consider the reason of the case. For
nothing is law that is not reason.
Coggs v. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raymn. 911.
*The political axiom, All men have their price, is commonly ascribed to Walpole.