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A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better. Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 3, Subsect. 6. They do not live but linger.
Subsect. 10. [Diseases] crucify the soul of man, attenuate our bodies, dry them, wither them, shrivel them up like old apples, make them so many anatomies."
Ibid. [Desire) is a perpetual rack, or horsemill, according to Austin, still going round as in a ring.
Subsect. 11. [The rich] are indeed rather possessed by their money than possessors.
Subsect. 12. Like a hog, or dog in the manger, he doth only keep it because it shall do nobody else good, hurting himself and others.
Ibid. Were it not that they are loath to lay out money on a rope, they would be hanged forthwith, and sometimes die to save charges.
Ibid. A mere madness, to live like a wretch and die rich.
Ibid. 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.
Subsect. 13. All our geese are swans.
Subsect. 14. Though they (philosophers] write contemptu gloriæ, yet as Hieron observes, they will put their names to their books.
Ibid. They are proud in humility ; proud in that they are not proud. 8
1 See Shakespeare, page 50.
2 Qui vino indulget, quemque alea decoquit, ille
In venerem putret (He who is given to drink, and whom the dice are despoiling, is the one who rots away in sexual vice). – Persius : Satires, satire v.
8 His favourite sin Is pride that apes humility.
SOUTHEY : The Devil's Walk.
We can make majors and officers every year, but not scholars; kings can invest knights and barons, as Sigismund the emperor confessed."
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 3, Subsect. 15. Hinc quam sic calamus sævior ense, patet. The pen worse than the sword.2
Memb. 4, Subsect. 4. Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did “ go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him." 3
Subsect. 7. See one promontory (said Socrates of old), one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all.*
Ibid. Felix Plater notes of some young physicians, that study to cure diseases, catch them themselves, will be sick, and appropriate all symptoms they find related of others to their own persons. Sect. 3, Memb. 1, Subsect. 2.
Aristotle said melancholy men of all others are most witty.
Subsect. 3. Like him in Æsop, he whipped his horses withal, and put his shoulder to the wheel. Part ii. Sect. 1, Memb. 2. Fabricus finds certain spots and clouds in the sun.
Sect. 2, Memb. 3.
1 When Abraham Lincoln heard of the death of a private, he said he was sorry it was not a general : “I could make more of them."
2 Tant la plume a eu sous le roi d'avantage sur l'épée (So far had the pen under the king the superiority over the sword). – Saint Simon : Mémoires, vol. iii. p. 517 (1702), ed. 1856.
The peu is mightier than the sword. — BULWER Lytton : Richelieu, act ii. sc. 2.
3 Seven wealthy towns contend for Homer dead,
Thomas SEWARD : On Shakespeare's Monument at
THOMAS HEYWOOD : Hierarchie of the Blessed Angells. 4 A blade of grass is always a blade of grass, whether in one country or another. — JOHNSON : Piazzi, 52.
Seneca thinks the gods are well pleased when they see great men contending with adversity.
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part ii. Sect. 2, Memb. 3. Machiavel says virtue and riches seldom settle on one
Memb. 2. Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards; their worthiest captains, best wits, greatest scholars, bravest spirits in all our annals, have been base [born).
Ibid. As he said in Machiavel, omnes eodem patre nati, Adam's sons, conceived all and born in sin, etc. are by nature all as one, all alike, if you see us naked ; let us wear theirs and they our clothes, and what is the difference ?"
Ibid. Set a beggar on horseback and he will ride a gallop.1
Ibid. Christ himself was poor. . . . And as he was himself, so he informed his apostles and disciples, they were all poor, prophets poor, apostles poor. 2
Memb. 3. Who cannot give good counsel ? 'Tis cheap, it costs them nothing.
Ibid. Many things happen between the cup and the lip.
Ibid. What can't be cured must be endured.
Ibid. Everything, saith Epictetus, hath two handles, – the one to be held by, the other not.
Ibid. All places are distant from heaven alike. Memb. 4.
1 Set a beggar on horseback, and he 'll outride the Devil. - Bonn : For. eign Proverbs (German).
2 See Wotton, page 174.
3 There is many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip. — Hazlitt : English Proverbs.
Though men determine, the gods doo dispose ; and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip. — GREENE : Perimedes the Blacksmith (1588).
The commonwealth of Venice in their armoury have this inscription : "Happy is that city which in time of peace thinks of war."
Anatomy of Meluncholy. Part ii. Sect. 2, Memb. 6. “Let me not live,” saith Aretine's Antonia, "if I had not rather hear thy discourse than see a play.”
Part iii. Sect. 1, Memb. 1, Subsect. 1. Every schoolboy hath that famous testament of Grunnius Corocotta Porcellus at his fingers' end.
Ibid. Birds of a feather will gather together.
Subsect. 2. And this is that Homer's golden chain, which reacheth down from heaven to earth, by which every creature is annexed, and depends on his Creator. Memb. 2, Subsect. 1. And hold one another's noses to the grindstone hard."
Memb. 3. Every man for himself, his own ends, the Devil for all.?
Ibid. No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.3
Sect. 2, Memb. 1, Subsect. 2. To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun.
Ibid. He is only fantastical that is not in fashion.
Memb. 2, Subsect. 3.
i See Heywood, page 11.
2 See Heywood, page 20.
Carew : Think not 'cause men flattering say. One hair of woman can draw more than a hundred pair of oxen. HOWELL: Letters, book ii. iv. (1621).
She knows her man, and when you rant and swear,
DRYDEN: Persius, satire v. line 246. Beauty draws us with a single hair. — Pope: The Rape of the Lock, canto ii. line 27.
And from that luckless hour my tyrant fair
BLAND: Anthology, p. 20 (edition 1813).
[Quoting Seneca] Cornelia kept her in talk till her children came from school, "and these," said she, "are my jewels."
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part iii. Sect. 2, Memb. 2, Subsect. 3. To these crocodile tears they will add sobs, fiery sighs, and sorrowful countenance.
Subsect. 4. Marriage and hanging go by destiny; matches are made in heaven.
Subsect. 5. Diogenes struck the father when the son swore. Ibid. Though it rain daggers with their points downward.
Memb. 3. Going as if he trod upon eggs.
Ibid. I light my candle from their torches.
Memb. 5, Subsect. 1. England is a paradise for women and hell for horses; Italy a paradise for horses, hell for women, as the diverb goes.
Sect. 3, Memb. 1, Subsect. 2. The miller sees not all the water that goes by his mill.2
Memb. 4, Subsect. 1. As clear and as manifest as the nose in a man's face.8
Ibid. Make a virtue of necessity."
Ibid. Where God hath a temple, the Devil will have a chapel.
Sect. 4, Memb. 1, Subsect. 1. If the world will be gulled, let it be gulled. Subsect. 2.
1 See Heywood, page 10.
2 See Heywood, page 18. 8 See Shakespeare, page 44.
4 See Chaucer, page 3. 5 For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel. -- MARTIN LUTHER : Table Talk, lxvii.
God never had a church but there, men say,
DRUMMOND : Posthumous Poems. No sooner is a temple built to God but the Devil builds a chapel hard by. HERBERT : Jacula Prudentum.
Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
DEFOE : The True-born Englishman, part i. line 1.