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John Aubrey
(1626-1697) born on
Mar 12
English antiquarian, writer. He is best known for his vivid, intimate, and sometimes acid biographical sketches of his contemporaries.
         
   
F
He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading.

R
He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
A
How these curiosities would be quite forgot, did not such idle fellows as I am put them down.
N
When he killed a calf he would do it in a high style, and make a speech.
K
The parliament intended to have hanged him; and he expected no less, but resolved to be hanged with the Bible under one arm and Magna Carta under the other.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Brief Lives," "Thomas Hobbes," 1813; repr. in "Brief Lives and Other Selected Writings by John Aubrey," ed. Anthony Powell, 1949.
R: "Brief Lives," "Thomas Hobbes," 1813; repr. in "Brief Lives and Other Selected Writings by John Aubrey," ed. Anthony Powell, 1949.
A: "Brief Lives," 'Venetia Digby', 1813.
N: "Brief Lives," 'William Shakespeare,' 1813.
K: "Brief Lives," 'David Jenkins,' 1813.
   


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