The mind is not all that different from those dogs in Aesop which, descrying what appeared to be a corpse floating on the sea yet being unable to get at it, set about lapping up the water so as to dry out a path to it, and suffocated themselves.
Off I go, rummaging about in books for sayings which please me.
Such as are in immediate fear of a losing their estates, of banishment, or of slavery, live in perpetual anguish, and lose all appetite and repose; whereas such as are actually poor, slaves, or exiles, ofttimes live as merrily as other folk.
A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.