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English philosopher, statesman and writer
(1561 - 1626)
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The great atheists are, indeed, the hypocrites, which are ever handling holy things, but without feeling; so as must need be cauterized in the end.
      - [Atheism]

The honorablest part of talk is to give the occasion, and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else; for then a man leads the dance.
      - [Talking]

The images of men's wits and .knowledge remain in books, exempted from the worry of time and capable of perpetual renovation.
      - [Books]

The introduction of noble inventions seems to hold by far the most excellent place among human actions.
      - [Invention]

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.
      - [Artists]

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears; they cannot utter the one, nor they will not utter the other. Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter; increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death.
      - [Parents]

The less people speak of their greatness the more we think of it.
      - [Boasting]

The master of superstition is the people, and in all superstition wise men follow fools, and arguments are fitted to practice in a reversed order.
      - [Superstition]

The most tolerable sort of revenge is for those wrongs which there is no law to remedy. But then let a man take heed that the revenge be such as there is no law to punish; else a man's enemy is still beforehand, and is two for one.
      - [Revenge]

The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
      - [Proverbs]

The only hope of science is genuine induction.
      - [Science]

The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body.
      - [Medicine]

The problem is, whether a man constantly and strongly believing, that such a thing shall be, it don't help anything to the effecting of the thing.
      - [Anticipation]

The proverb is true, that light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come often, great gains now and then.
      - [Wealth]

The road to true philosophy is precisely the same with that which leads to true religion; and from both the one and the other, unless we would enter in as little children, we must expect to be totally excluded.
      - [Philosophy]

The speaking in perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.
      - [Exaggeration]

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
      - [Subtlety]

The surest way to prevent seditious (if the times do bear it) is to take away the matter of them; for if there be fuel prepared it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire.
      - [Government]

The vine produces more grapes when it is young, but better grapes for wine when it is old, because its juices are more perfectly concocted.
      - [Age]

The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky, which is a meeting or knot of a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together; so are there a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
      - [Fortune]

The ways to enrich are many, and most of them foul. Parsimony is one of the best, and yet is not innocent; for it withholdeth men from works of liberality and charity.
      - [Riches]

The wisdom of our ancestors.
      - (according to Lord Brougham), also attributed to Edmund Burke "Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation", vol I, p. 516
        [Ancestry : Wisdom]

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
      - [Solitude]

The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery; at first it deceives, at last it betrays.
      - [Zeal]

There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.
      - [Bible]

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