Take a cat, nourish it well with milk
And tender meat, make it a couch of silk,
But let it see a mouse along the wall
And it abandones milk and meat and all.
People can die of mere imagination.
My mind to me a kingdom is; such present joys therein I find, that it excels all other bliss that earth affords.
Go, little book; God send thee good passage, and specially let this be thy prayer, unto them all that thee will read or hear, where thou art wrong, after their help to call, thee to correct in any part, or all.
Of fortune’s sharp adversity, the worst kind of misfortune is this, that a man hath been in prosperity and it remembers when it passed is.
Love is blind.
Idleness is the gate of all harms.—An idle man is like a house that hath no walls; the devils may enter on every side.
He doth all things with sadness and with peevishness, slackness and excusation, with idleness and without good will.
We know little of the things for which we pray.
Abstinence is approved of God.
By nature, men love newfangledness.
Of all the floures in the mede,
Than love I most these floures white and rede,
Soch that men callen daisies in our toun.
The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.
Nowhere so busy a man as he than he, and yet he seemed busier than he was.
Certes, they been lye to hounds, for an hound when he cometh by the roses, or by other bushes, though he may nat pisse, yet wole he heve up his leg and make a countenance to pisse.
Topics: Habits, Habit
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