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In superstition wise men follow fools.
In taking revenge a man is but equal to his enemy, but in passing it over he is his superior.
In the youth of a State, arms do flourish; in the middle age of a State, learning; and then both of them together for a time; in the declining age of a State mechanical arts and merchandise.
It cannot be denied but outward accidents conduce much to fortune's favor,--opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
It deserves to be considered that boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences. Whence it is bad in council though good in execution. The right use of bold persons, therefore, is that they never command in chief, but serve as seconds, under the direction of others. For in council it is good to see dangers, and in execution not to see them unless they are very great.
It had been hard to have put more truth and untruth together in a few words than in that speech, "Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god."
It hath been well said that the archflatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self.
It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions, for it makes the other party stick the less.
It is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends, without which the world is but a wilderness; and even in this scene also of solitude, whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity.
It is a revered thing to see an ancient castle not in decay; how much more to behold an ancient family which have stood against the waves and weathers of time!
It is good discretion not to make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.
- [Acquaintances : Associates]
It is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society, in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast.
It is said of untrue valor that some men's valors are in the eyes of them that look on.
It is scarce possible at once to admire and excel an author, as water rises no higher than the reservoir it falls from.
- [Authors : Emulation]
It is seldom that beautiful persona are otherwise of great virtue.
It is the nature of extreme self-lovers as they will set an house on fire and it were but to roast their eggs.
It is without all controversy that learning doth make the minds of men gentle, amiable, and pliant to government; whereas ignorance makes them churlish, thwarting, and mutinous; and the evidence of time doth clear this assertion, considering that the most barbarous, rude, and unlearned times have been most subject to tumults, seditions, and changes.
It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.
It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of Him; for the one is unbelief, and the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity.
It will be found a work of no small difficulty to dispossess a vice from the heart, where long possession begins to plead prescription.
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
Knowledge is not a shop for profit or sale, but a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of men's estate.
Knowledge is power.
- paraphrase, sometimes attributed to Thomas Hobbes
[Knowledge : Proverbs]
Let him be sure to leave men their turn to speak.
Logic differeth from rhetoric as the fist from the palm; the one close, the other at large.
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