As the ancients Say wisely, have a care o' th' main chance, And look before you ere you leap; For as you sow, ye are like to reap.
Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)
Source: Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 501.
Contributed by: Zaady
All love at first, like generous wine, Ferments and frets until 'tis fine; But when 'tis settled on the lee, And from th' impurer matter free, Becomes the richer still the older, And proves the pleasanter the colder.
Source: Miscellaneous Thoughts
And pulpit, drum ecclesiastick, Was beat with fist instead of a stick.
Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 11.
'Cause grace and virtue are within Prohibited degrees of kin; And therefore no true saint allows They shall be suffer'd to espouse.
Source: Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1293.
Beside, 't is known he could speak Greek As naturally as pigs squeak; That Latin was no more difficile Than to a blackbird 't is to whistle.
Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 51.
Have always been at daggers-drawing, And one another clapper-clawing.
Source: Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 79.
To swallow gudgeons ere they 're catch'd, And count their chickens ere they 're hatch'd.
Source: Hudibras. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 923.
And bid the devil take the hin'most.
Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto ii. Line 633.
A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.
Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 93.
And prove their doctrine orthodox, By apostolic blows and knocks.
Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 199.
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