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Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not show the masks and mummeries of the world half so stately and daintily as candlelights.
Tunes and airs have in themselves some affinity with the affections,--as merry tunes, doleful tunes, solemn tunes, tunes inclining men's minds to pity, warlike tunes,--so that it is no marvel if they alter the spirits, considering that tunes have a predisposition to the motion of the spirits.
Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away, and almost all fugitives are of that condition.
Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug.
Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts.
Virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
We cannot think too oft there is a never, never-sleeping Eye, which reads the heart, and registers our thoughts.
We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom; and certainly there is a great difference between a cunning man and a wise man, not only in point of honesty, but in point of ability.
What then remains, but that we still should cry
Not to be born, or being born to die.
- ascribed to,
a paraphrase of a Greek epigram [Death]
When all is done, the help of good counsel is that which setteth business straight.
When any of the four pillars of government are mainly shaken or weakened--which are religion, justice, counsel and treasure--men need to pray for fair weather.
When things are come to the execution, there is no secrecy comparable to celerity.
Whereas they have sacrificed to themselves, they become sacrificers to the inconstancy of fortune, whose wings they thought, by their self-wisdom, to have pinioned.
Who taught the parrot his "Welcome?" Who taught the raven in a drought to throw pebbles into a hollow tree where she espied water, that the water might rise so as she might come to it? Who taught the bee to sail through such a vast sea of air, and to find the way from a flower in a field to her hive? Who taught the ant to bite every grain of corn that she burieth in her hill, lest it should take root and grow?
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul.
Whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship, he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity.
Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing; it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall; it is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger who digged and made room for him; it is the wisdom of crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.
Words, when written, crystallize history; their very structure gives permanence to the unchangeable past.
The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads agree together as one?
[Lat., Vox populi habet aliquid divinum: nam quomo do aliter tot capita in unum conspirare possint?]
- 9. Laus, Existimatio [Public]
For cleanness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves.
- Advancement of Learning [Cleanliness]
Words, as a Tartar's bow, do not shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment.
- Advancement of Learning [Words]
For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.
- Advancement of Learning (bk. I)
But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time, and capable of perpetual renovation.
- Advancement of Learning
(bk. I, Advantages of Learning) [Books]
States are great engines moving slowly.
- Advancement of Learning (bk. II)
That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, "that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off."
- Advancement of Learning (bk. II) [Fortune]
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