Talk:William Drummond of Hawthornden

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  • As we had no part of our will on our entrance into this life, we should not presume to any on our leaving it, but soberly learn to will which He wills.
  • I study myself more than any other subject; it is my metaphysic, and my physic.
  • Iron sharpens iron; scholar, the scholar.
  • Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips, lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace... on much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety.
  • Sleep, Silence's child, sweet father of soft rest, Prince whose approach peace to all mortals brings Indifferent host to shepherds and kings; Sole comforter to minds with grief opprest
  • Study what thou art Whereof thou art a part What thou knowest of this art This is really what thou art. All that is without thee also is within.
  • There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do.
    • This statement is also attributed to the Italian writer and statesman Vittorio Alfieri