Sir Christopher Wren said,'I am going to dine with some men. If anybody calls Say I am designing St Paul's.'
There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, "It is just as I feared! -- Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard.Edward Lear
Christopher Wren (by his son)Translation: "Reader, if you seek his monument, look around."
Wenn mancher sich nicht verpflichtet fühlte, das Unwahre zu wiederholen, weil er’s einmal gefügt hat, fo wären es ganz andere Leute geworden.If some people hadn’t felt obliged to repeat what is untrue simply because they had at one point maintained it, they would have turned into quite different people.Elisabeth Stopp, trans. (Penguin: 1998) #586
Call for the robin-red-breast, and the Wren, Since o'er shady groves they hover, And with leaves and flowers do cover The friendless bodies of unburied men.john webster
The throstle with his note so true, The Wren with little quill.william shakespeare
Thus the fable tells us, that the Wren mounted as high as the eagle, by getting upon his back.Tatler, No. 224; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 921.
Þæt is nu hraðost to secganne, þæt ic wilnode weorðfullice to libbanne þa hwile þe ic lifede, and æfter minum life þæm monnum to læfanne þe æfter me wæren min gemyndig on godum weorcum.In his translation of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, ch. 17; p. 133
The nightingale, if she should sing by day, When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the Wren. How many things by season season'd are To their right praise, and true perfection!william shakespeare
For the poor Wren. The most diminutive of birds, will fight, Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.william shakespeare
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