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Robert Burton

Datum narození: 8. únor 1577
Datum úmrtí: 25. leden 1640

Robert Burton byl anglický učenec.


„Žádný provaz ani lano nedokáže tahat s takovou silou,
ani držet tak pevně, jak to svede láska se svinutou nití.“

„[T]hou canst not think worse of me than I do of myself.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy


„He that increaseth wisdom, increaseth sorrow.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy

„That which others hear or read of, I felt and practised myself; they get their knowledge by books, I mine by melancholizing.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy

„Melancholy can be overcome only by melancholy.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy

„I am not poor, I am not rich; nihil est, nihil deest, I have little, I want nothing: all my treasure is in Minerva’s tower... I live still a collegiate student... and lead a monastic life, ipse mihi theatrum [sufficient entertainment to myself], sequestered from those tumults and troubles of the world... aulae vanitatem, fori ambitionem, ridere mecum soleo [I laugh to myself at the vanities of the court, the intrigues of public life], I laugh at all.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy

„If you like not my writing, go read something else.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy

„What cannot be cured must be endured.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy


„Every man for himself, the devil for all.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy

„Let thy fortune be what it will, 'tis thy mind alone that makes thee poor or rich, miserable or happy.“

„[E]very man hath liberty to write, but few ability. Heretofore learning was graced by judicious scholars, but now noble sciences are vilified by base and illiterate scribblers, that either write for vain-glory, need, to get money, or as Parasites to flatter and collogue with some great men, they put out trifles, rubbish and trash. Among so many thousand Authors you shall scarce find one by reading of whom you shall be any whit better, but rather much worse; by which he is rather infected than any way perfected…

What a catalogue of new books this year, all his age (I say) have our Frankfurt Marts, our domestic Marts, brought out. Twice a year we stretch out wits out and set them to sale; after great toil we attain nothing…What a glut of books! Who can read them? As already, we shall have a vast Chaos and confusion of Books, we are oppressed with them, our eyes ache with reading, our fingers with turning. For my part I am one of the number—one of the many—I do not deny it...“
The Anatomy of Melancholy

„No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as [love] can do with a single thread.“ The Anatomy of Melancholy


„What a glut of books! Who can read them?“ The Anatomy of Melancholy

„A quiet mind cureth all.“

„All Poets are mad.“

„Wine is strong, the king is strong, women are strong, but truth overcometh all things.“

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