English scholar (1577-1640)
Robert Burton was an English writer and fellow of Oxford University, best known for his encyclopedic book The Anatomy of Melancholy.
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Were it not that they are loath to lay out money on a rope, they would be hanged forthwith, and sometimes die to save charges.
Like a hog, or dog in the manger, he doth only keep it because it shall do nobody else good, hurting himself and others.
When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done.
Isocrates adviseth Demonicus, when he came to a strange city, to worship by all means the gods of the place.
Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
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.
Like him in Aesop, he whipped his horses withal, and put his shoulder to the wheel.
And hold one another's noses to the grindstone hard.
A mere madness, to live like a wretch and die rich.
Tobacco, divine, rare, super excellent tobacco, which goes beyond all their panaceas, potable gold, and philosopher's 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.