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  • But, as Hairy himself remarked, "Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt."


  • [2702] Quod nimis miseri timent, hoc facile credunt, we are apt to believe, and mistake in such cases.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Qui talibus credunt, aut ad eorum domos euntes, aut suis domibus introducunt, aut interrogant, sciant se fidem Christianam et baptismum praevaricasse, et Apostatas esse.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • These tales of Herodotus, as well as all others in the same taste, are now so decried by all people of sense — reason has made so great progress that even old women and children will no longer believe such extravagances — “Non est vetula quæ credat nec pueri credunt, nisi qui nondum ære lavantur.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In some parts of Greece at this day, like those old Jews, they will not believe their wives are honest, nisi pannum menstruatum prima nocte videant: our countryman [6141] Sands, in his peregrination, saith it is severely observed in Zanzynthus, or Zante; and Leo Afer in his time at Fez, in Africa, non credunt virginem esse nisi videant sanguineam mappam; si non, ad parentes pudore rejicitur.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quod nimis miseri volunt, hoc facile credunt, still, still, still, that good father, that good son, that good wife, that dear friend runs in their minds:

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [6579] Ut pueri infantes credunt signa omnia ahena

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Mulierum conditio misera; nullam honestam credunt nisi domo conclusa vivat.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Singula [1168] nonnulli credunt quoque sidera posse

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Istorum sectæ sunt Moal siue Tartari, quantum ad hoc, quod ipsi non credunt nisi vnum Deum: tamen faciunt de filtro imagines defunctorum suorum, et induunt eas quinque pannis preciosissimis, et ponunt in vna biga vel duabus, et illas bigas nullus audet tangere: et sunt sub custodia diuinatorum suorum, qui sunt eorum sacerdotes, de quibus postea narrabo vobis.

    The iournal of frier William de Rubruquis a French man of the order of the minorite friers, vnto the East parts of the worlde. An. Dom. 1253.


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