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Thomas Walkington
( - 1621)

English author who is generally assumed to be the author of The Optick Glasse of Humors (1607), which credits only “T.W. Master of Arts” on the title page (but sometimes attributed to Tho. Wilbie or T. Wombwell).

Science Quotes by Thomas Walkington (4 quotes)

Frontispiece engraving, The Optick Glasse of Humors with two academics in robes holding up a staff over tablet with title info
Frontispiece to 1664 edition of
The Optick Glasse of Humors (source)
I have soared also above my pitch, attempting an Eagles flight with the wings of a Wrenne.
— Thomas Walkington
In 'To the Reader', The Optick Glass of Humors (1607), 10-11. This is quoted by William Henry Hudson: “As the proverb says, ‘You cannot fly like an Eagle with the wings of a wren.’” in Afoot in England (1909, 1922), 80.
Science quotes on:  |  Attempt (251)  |  Eagle (19)  |  Flight (98)  |  Pitch (17)  |  Soar (23)  |  Wing (76)  |  Wren (3)

Is there a due regard to be had, … for the golden tongue of wisdom, that relisheth all not by imagination but true judgement.
— Thomas Walkington
In 'To the Reader', The Optick Glass of Humors (1607), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4107)  |  Due (141)  |  Golden (45)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Judgement (7)  |  Regard (304)  |  Relish (4)  |  Tongue (43)  |  True (214)  |  Wisdom (221)

Knowledge conceald and not broached for a publicke use, is like to a pearelesse gemme interred in the center of the earth, whereof no man knows but he that hid it.
— Thomas Walkington
In 'To the Reader', The Optick Glass of Humors (1607), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Center (33)  |  Conceal (18)  |  Earth (998)  |  Gem (16)  |  Inter (11)  |  Know (1519)  |  Knowledge (1536)  |  Man (2249)  |  Public (96)  |  Use (766)

Like the lapwing being lately hatched, I do run as it were with the shell on my head.
— Thomas Walkington
In 'To the Reader', The Optick Glass of Humors (1607), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Do (1908)  |  Hatch (4)  |  Head (81)  |  Run (174)  |  Shell (64)


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