Robert Burton

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Born Tuesday 8 February 1577, died Wednesday 25 January 1640

Occupation: Writer

Nationality: English

Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards.

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Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular all his life long.

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Idleness is an appendix to nobility.

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What is life, when wanting love? Night without a morning; love's the cloudless summer sun, nature gay adorning.

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We can make mayors and officers every year, but not scholars.

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No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.

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A good conscience is a continual feast.

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A quiet mind cureth all.

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To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun.

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

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

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

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Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.

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The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.

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Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun.

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A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.

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Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.

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