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1984 Franis Baon 1561-1626 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
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.
Note 1.
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]