James Howell

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To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
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James Howell (c.1594 - 1666) was a British author, diplomat and scholar.


English Proverbs (1659)

  • Burn not thy fingers to snuff another man's candle.
  • He that hath eaten a bear-pie, will always smell of the garden.
  • A hungry man is an angry man.

Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660)

  • Owe money at Easter and Lent will seem short to thee.
  • Words and works eat not at one table.
  • The Devil turns his back to a door that is shut.
  • Happy is he that grows wise by other men's harms.
  • God consents but not always.
  • Neither go to a wedding nor a christening unbid.
  • Affection is blind reason.
  • To whom thy secret thou dost tell, to him thy freedom thou dost sell.
  • There's fence against all things except death.
  • He falls in the pit he digs for others.
  • Sometimes an ill favored bitch gnaws a good chord.
  • The wealth of a churchman God gives it, and the Devil takes it away.
  • Appetite is better than surfeit.

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