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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.
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.
The images of men's wits and .knowledge remain in books, exempted from the worry of time and capable of perpetual renovation.
The introduction of noble inventions seems to hold by far the most excellent place among human actions.
The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.
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.
The less people speak of their greatness the more we think of it.
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.
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.
The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
The only hope of science is genuine induction.
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.
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.
The proverb is true, that light gains make heavy purses; for light gains come often, great gains now and then.
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.
The speaking in perpetual hyperbole is comely in nothing but love.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
The zeal which begins with hypocrisy must conclude in treachery; at first it deceives, at last it betrays.
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.
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