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Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
– Francis Bacon
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
The remedy is worse than the disease.
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.