John Aubrey

1626 - 1697

A Quote by John Aubrey on men and reading

He [Hobbes] had read much, but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men, he should have known no more than other men.

John Aubrey (1626 - 1697)

Source: Brief Lives, edited 1898

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John Aubrey on god, impossibility, libraries, love, and truth

About Thomas Hobbes: He was 40 years old before he looked on geometry; which happened accidentally. Being in a gentleman's library, Euclid's Elements lay open, and "twas the 47 El. libri I" [Pythagoras' Theorem]. He read the proposition "By God", sayd he, "this is impossible:" So he reads the demonstration of it, which referred him back to such a proposition; which proposition he read. That referred him back to another, which he also read. Et sic deinceps, that at last he was demonstratively convinced of that truth. This made him in love with geometry.

John Aubrey (1626 - 1697)

Source: Brief Lives, edited 1898

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John Aubrey on christ and college

He [Milton] was so fair that they called him the lady of Christ's College.

John Aubrey (1626 - 1697)

Source: Brief Lives, edited 1898

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John Aubrey on exercise, fatherhood, men, neighbors, speech, style, and trade

Mr. William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in the county of Warwick. His father was a butcher, and I have been told heretofore by some of the neighbors, that when he was a boy he exercised his father's trade, but when he killed a calf he would do it in a high style and make a speech. Ben Jonson and he did gather humors of men daily wherever they came.

John Aubrey (1626 - 1697)

Source: Brief Lives, edited 1898

Contributed by: Zaady

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