He was a learned man, of immense reading, but is much blamed for his unfaithfull quotations.
Sir Walter, being strangely supprized and putt out of his countenance at so great a Table, gives his son a damned blow over the face; his son, as rude as he was, would not strike his father, but strikes over the face of the Gentleman that sate next to him, and sayed, Box about, 'twill come to my Father anon. 'Tis now a common used Proverb.John Aubrey"Sir Walter Raleigh"
How these curiosities would be quite forgot, did not such idle fellows as I am put them down.John Aubrey1693 Brief Lives (published1813),'Venetia Digby'.
He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men, he should have known no more than other men.John Aubrey1693 Of Thomas Hobbes. Brief Lives (published1813),'Thomas Hobbes'.
Arise Evans had a fungous nose, and said, it was revealed to him, that the King's hand would cure him, and at the first coming of King Charles II into St. James's Park, he kissed the King's hand, and rubbed his nose with it; which disturbed the King, but cured him.John AubreyMiscellanies Upon Various Subjects (London: J. R. Smith, 1857) p. 128. (1696)
He left an estate of eleaven thousand pounds per annum. Sir John Danvers, who knew him, told me that he had heard one say to him, reflecting on his great scraping of wealth, that his sonnes would spend his Estate faster than he gott it; he replyed, They cannot take more delight in the spending of it than I did in the getting of it.John Aubrey"Sir Edward Coke"
His Comoedies will remaine witt as long as the English tongue is understood, for that he handles mores hominum [the ways of mankind]. Now our present writers reflect so much on particular persons and coxcombeities that twenty yeares hence they will not be understood.John Aubrey"William Shakespeare"
He was a shiftless person, roving and magotie-headed, and sometimes little better than crased.John AubreyAnthony Wood (1667), Life (from 1632 to 1672, written by himself; continued till 1695 a 1695, 1772, 1848, O.H.S. 1891–1900); as quoted in the Oxford English Dictionary, Draft Revision June 2009, maggoty, adj.
His insatiable passion for singular odds and ends had a meaning in it; he was groping towards a scientific ordering of phenomena; but the twilight of his age was too confusing, and he could rarely distinguish between a fact and a fantasy.John AubreyLytton Strachey Portraits in Miniature and Other Essays (London: Chatto & Windus, 1931) p. 24.
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