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Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
– Francis Bacon
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
By indignities men come to dignities.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
Science is but an image of the truth.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
The place of justice is a hallowed place.
If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
God’s first creature, which was light.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.