John Aubrey,

John Aubrey,

was an English antiquary and writer, best known as the author of the collection of short biographical pieces usually referred to as Brief Lives and as the discoverer of the Aubrey holes in Stonehenge.
He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.More John Aubrey, quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have heard him [William Harvey] say, that after his Booke of the Circulation of the Blood came-out, that he fell mightily in his Practize, and that 'twas beleeved by the vulgar that he was crack-brained.More John Aubrey, quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
About Thomas Hobbes: He was 40 years old before he looked on geometry; which happened accidentally. Being in a gentleman's library, Euclid's Elements lay open, and "twas the 47 El. libri I" [Pythagoras' Theorem]. He read the proposition "By God", sayd he, "this is impossible:" So he reads the demonstration of it, which referred him back to such a proposition; which proposition he read. That referred him back to another, which he also read. Et sic deinceps, that at last he was demonstratively convinced of that truth. ThMore John Aubrey, quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
He [William Harvey] did not care for chymistrey, and was wont to speake against them with an undervalue.More John Aubrey, quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sir Walter, being strangely surprised and put 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 the gentleman that sat next to him and said ''Box about: twill come to my father anon.''More John Aubrey, quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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