Robert Burton Quotes

Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen. Robert Burton

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. Robert Burton

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

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

No cord or cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread. Robert Burton

Call a spade a spade. Robert Burton

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Robert Burton

One was never married, and that’s his hell; another is, and that’s his plague. Robert Burton

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves. Robert Burton

Worldly wealth is the Devil’s bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun. Robert Burton

Idleness is an appendix to nobility. Robert Burton

Naught so sweet as melancholy. Robert Burton

Aristotle said melancholy men of all others are most witty. Robert Burton

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. Robert Burton

No rule is so general, which admits not some exception. Robert Burton

A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better. Robert Burton

What can’t be cured must be endured. Robert Burton