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The World's a bubble, and the Life of Man less than a span:
In his conception wretched, from the womb so to the tomb.
Curst from his cradle, and brought up to years with cares and fears.
Who then to frail mortality shall trust,
But limns the water, or but writes in dust.
- Life--Preface to the Translation of Certain Psalms
I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.
- Maxims of the Law (preface)
[Debt : Occupations]
I would live to study, and not study to live.
- Memorial of Access [Life]
All authority must be out of a man's self, turned . . . either upon an art, or upon a man.
- Natural History--Century X--Touching emission of immateriate virtues, etc.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
- Of Adversity [Adversity]
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament;
Adversity is the blessing of the New.
- Of Adversity [Blessings]
The folly of one man is the fortune of another.
- Of Fortune [Folly : Proverbs]
God Almighty first planted a garden.
- Of Gardens [Gardens]
Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses.
- Of Marriage and Single Life [Wives]
Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
- Of Revenge [Revenge]
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
- Of Sedition [Money]
The remedy is worse than the disease.
- Of Seditions [Disease : Proverbs]
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
- Of Travel [Traveling]
It was prettily devised of Aesop: The fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot-wheel, and said, What a dust do I raise!
- Of Vain Glory,
attributed to Aesop but found in "Fables" of Laurentius Abstemius
The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions.
- Of Vicissitude of Things [Religion]
Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
- Of Youth and Age [Youth]
The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.
- On Seditions, quoted as a Spanish proverb
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
- Proposition touching Amendment of Laws
Knowledge bloweth up, but charity buildeth up.
- Rendering of I Cor. VIII (I) [Knowledge]
We see how flies, and spiders, and the like, get a sepulchre in amber, more durable than the monument and embalming of the body of any king.
- Sylvia Sylvarum
(century I, experiment 100) [Flies]
For were it not better for a man in fair room to set up one great light, or branching candlestick of lights, than to go about with a small watch-candle into every corner?
- The Advancement of Learning [Education]
The strength of all sciences is, as the strength of the old man's faggot, in the bond. For the harmony of a science, supporting each part the other, is and ought to be the true and brief confutation and suppression of all the smaller sort of objections. But, on the other side, if you take out every axiom, as the sticks of the faggot, one by one, you may quarrel with them and bend them and break them at your pleasure: so that, as was said of Seneca, Verborum minutiis rerum frangit pondera, so a man may truly say of the schoolmen, Quaestionum minutiis scientiarum frangunt soliditatem. For were it not better for a man in fair room to set up one great light, or branching candlestick of lights, than to go about with a small watch-candle into every corner?
- The Advancement of Learning [Science]
For knowledge, too, is itself a power.
[Lat., Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.]
- Treatise--De Hoeresiis [Knowledge]
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