Aristotle said melancholy men of all others are most witty.
Robert Burton (1577 - 1640)
Source: Anatomy of Melancholy
Contributed by: Zaady
Though they [philosophers] write contemptu gloriæ, yet as Hieron observes, they will put their names to their books.
A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better.
And hold one another's noses to the grindstone hard.
Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
For "ignorance is the mother of devotion," as all the world knows.
We can say nothing but what hath been said. Our poets steal from Homer. . . . Our story-dressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best.
Diogenes struck the father when the son swore.
Like Æsop's fox, when he had lost his tail, would have all his fellow foxes cut off theirs.
All our geese are swans.
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