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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2110
AUTHOR:Robert Burton (1577–1640)
QUOTATION:Like the watermen that row one way and look another. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Anatomy of Melancholy. Democritus to the Reader.
 
Note 1.
Like watermen who look astern while they row the boat ahead.—Plutarch: Whether ’t was rightfully said, Live concealed.

Like rowers, who advance backward.—Montaigne: Of Profit and Honour, book iii. chap. i. [back]
 

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