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 Lear (King).Learn by Heart (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Learn (1 syl.).
Live and learn.   1
   Cato, the censor, was an old man when he taught himself Greek.   2
   Michael Angelo, at seventy years of age, said, “I am still learning.”   3
   John Kemble wrote out Hamlet thirty times, and said, on quitting the stage, “I am now beginning to understand my art.”   4
   Mrs. Siddons, after she left the stage, was found studying Lady Macbeth, and said, “I am amazed to discover some new points in the character which I never found out while acting it.”   5
   Milton, in his blindness, when past fifty, sat down to complete his Paradise Lost.   6
   Scott, at fifty-five, took up his pen to redeem an enormous liability.   7
   Richardson was above fifty when he published his first novel, Pam’ela.   8
   Benjamin West was sixty-four when he commenced his series of paintings, one of which is Christ Healing the Sick.   9

 Lear (King).Learn by Heart (To). 


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