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(1547 - 1616)
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Great expectations are better than a poor possession.
      - [Expectation]

He is best served who has no occasion to put the hand of others at the end of his arms.
      - [Self-reliance]

He said--and his observation was just--that a man on whom heaven hath bestowed a beautiful wife should be as cautious of the men he brings home to his house as careful of observing the female friends with whom his spouse converses abroad.
      - [Wedlock]

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
      - [Courage]

He who reforms, God assists.
      - [Reform]

Health and cheerfulness make beauty.
      - [Health]

Historians ought to be precise, faithful, and unprejudiced; and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should make them swerve from the way of truth.
      - [Historians]

History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future.
      - [History]

I am of opinion that there is no proverb which is not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, the mother of all the sciences.
      - [Maxims]

I am of the opinion that there are no proverbial sayings which are not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, who is the mother of all sciences.
      - [Apothegms]

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and seasonably applied; but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
      - [Proverbs (General)]

I follow a more easy, and, in my opinion, a wiser course, namely--to inveigh against the levity of the female sex, their fickleness, their double-dealing, their rotten promises, their broken faith, and, finally, their want of judgment in bestowing their affections.
      - [Deceit]

If thou takest virtue for the rule of life, and valuest thyself upon acting in all things comfortably thereto, thou wilt have no cause to envy lords and princes; for blood is inherited, but virtue is common property, and may be acquired by all; it has, moreover, an intrinsic worth, which blood has not.
      - [Virtue]

In short, virtue cannot live where envy reigns, nor liberality subsist with niggardliness.
      - [Envy]

It is better that a judge should lean on the side of compassion than severity.
      - [Judges]

It is courage that vanquishes in war, and not good weapons.
      - [Courage]

Jealousy sees things always with magnifying glasses which make little things large,--of dwarfs giants, suspicions truths.
      - [Jealousy]

Liberty * * * is one of the choicest gifts that heaven hath bestowed upon man, and exceeds in value all the treasures which the earth contains within its bosom, or the sea covers. Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
      - [Liberty]

Men of great talents, whether poets or historians, seldom escape the attacks of those who, without ever favoring the world with any production of their own, take delight in criticising the works of others.
      - [Critics]

Necessity urges desperate measures.
      - [Necessity]

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this sell-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
      - [Authorship]

No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden so well as her own reserve.
      - [Modesty]

Nothing costs less nor is cheaper than compliments of civility.
      - [Courtesy]

Other men's pains are easily borne.
      - [Pain]

Poetry, good sir, in my opinion, is like a tender virgin, very young and extremely beautiful, whom divers other virgins--namely, all the other sciences--make it their business to enrich, polish, and adorn; and to her it belongs to make use of them all, and on her part to give a lustre to them all.
      - [Poetry]

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