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Robert Burton

1577-1640. English scholar at Oxford University, best known for the classic The Anatomy of Melancholy.

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The devil is the author of confusion.

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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.

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

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The fear of death is worse than death.

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England is paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women.

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A mere scholar, a mere ass.

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I may not here omit those two main plagues, and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people. They go commonly together.

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Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosophers 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.

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They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.

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

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