|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Francis Bacon (15611626)|
|QUOTATION:||My Lord St. Albans said that Nature did never put her precious jewels into a garret four stories high, and therefore that exceeding tall men had ever very empty heads. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Apothegms. No. 17.|
Tall men are like houses of four stories, wherein commonly the uppermost room is worst furnished.Howell (quoted): Letter i. book i. sect. ii. (1621.)
Often the cockloft is empty in those whom Nature hath built many stories high.Thomas Fuller: Andronicus, sect. vi. par. 18, 1.
Such as take lodgings in a head
That s to be let unfurnished.
Samuel Butler: Hudibras, part i. canto i. line 161. [back]