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English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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Friendship redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
      - [Friendship]

Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God,--part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly.
      - [Secrecy]

Generally it is good to commit the beginning of all great actions to Argus with his hundred eyes, and the end to Briareus with his hundred hands--first to watch, and then to speed.
      - [Despatch]

Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.
      - [Valor]

God grant that we may contend with other churches as the vine with the olive which of us shall bear the best fruit; but not as the brier with the thistle, which of us shall be most unprofitable.
      - [Denominationalism]

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
      - [God]

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
      - [Intellect]

God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because His ordinary works convince it.
      - [Atheism]

Good books are true friends.
      - [Books]

Goodness admits of no excess, but error.
      - [Goodness]

Goodness answers to the theological virtue charity, and admits no excess but error. The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity there is no excess; neither can angel nor man come in danger by it.
      - [Charity]

Goodness I call the habit, and goodness of nature the inclination. This of all the virtues and dignities of the mind, is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
      - [Goodness]

Great effects come of industry and perseverance: for audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds.
      - [Perseverance]

Great hypocrite are the real atheists.
      - [Hypocrisy]

Habit, if wisely and skillfully formed, becomes truly a second nature; but unskillfully and unmethodically depicted, it will be as it were an ape of nature, which imitates nothing to the life, but only clumsily and awkwardly.
      - [Habit]

He is truly well-bred who knows when to value and when to despise those national peculiarities, which are regarded by some with so much observance; a traveller of taste at once perceives that the wise are polite all the world over, but that fools are polite only at home.
      - [Politeness]

He sleeps well who is not conscious that he sleeps ill.
      - [Sleep]

He that cometh to seek after knowledge with a mind to scorn and censure shall be sure to find matter for his humor, but none for his instruction.
      - [Sarcasm]

He that defers his charity until he is dead is, if a man weighs it rightly, rather liberal of another man's goods than his own.
      - [Liberality]

He that dies in an earnest pursuit is like one that is wounded in hot blood; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore a mind fixed and bent upon somewhat that is good doth avert the dolors of death; but above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is, "Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace."
      - [Death]

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
      - [Advice]

He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.
      - [Satire]

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. * * * Certainly wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity.
      - [Discipline : Matrimony]

He that questioneth much shall learn much and content much; but especially if he apply his questions to the skill of the persons whom he asketh; for he shall give them occasion to please themselves in speaking, and himself shall continually gather knowledge; but let his questions not be troublesome, for that is fit for a poser; and let him be sure to leave other men their turn to speak; nay, if there be any that would reign and take up all the time, let them find means to take them off, and bring others on,--as musicians used to do with those that dance too long galliards. If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not.
      - [Conversation : Curiosity]

He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green.
      - [Revenge]

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