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English officer, navigator, colonizer, historian, poet and courtier
(1552 - 1618)
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It were better for a man to be subject to any vice than to drunkenness; for all other vanities and sins are recovered, but a drunkard will never shake off the delight of beastliness.
      - [Drunkenness]

It would be an unspeakable advantage, both to the public and private, if men would consider that great truth, that no man is wise or safe but he that is honest.
      - [Honesty]

Jest not openly at those that are simple, but remember how much thou art bound to God, who hath made thee wiser. Defame not any woman publicly, though thou know her to be evil; for those that are faulty cannot endure to be taxed, but will seek to be avenged of thee; and those that are not guilty cannot endure unjust reproach.
      - [Discretion]

Less pains in the world a man cannot take than to bold his tongue.
      - [Talking]

Let thy servants be such as thou mayest command, and entertain none about thee but yeomen, to whom thou givest wages; for those that will serve thee without thy hire will cost thee treble as much as they that know thy fare.
      - [Servants]

Life is a tragedy.
      - [Life]

Never add artificial heat to thy body by wine or spice until thou findest that time hath decayed thy natural heat.
      - [Abstinence]

No man is esteemed for gay garments but by fools and women.
      - [Clothes]

No one can take less pains than to hold his tongue. Hear much, and speak little; for the tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and greatest evil that is done in the world.
      - [Silence]

Our bodies are but the anvils of pain and disease and our minds the hives of unnumbered cares.
      - [Life]

Our immortal souls, while righteous, are by God himself beautified with the title of his own image and similitude.
      - [Soul]

Our souls, piercing through the impurity of flesh, behold the highest heaven, and thence bring knowledge to contemplate the ever-during, glory and termless joy.
      - [Heaven]

Remember the divine saying, He that keepeth his Mouth, keepeth his life.
      - [Discretion]

Speaking much is a sign of vanity, for he that is lavish with words is a niggard in deed.
      - [Loquacity]

Take special care that thou never trust any friend or servant with any matter that may endanger thine estate; for so shalt thou make thyself a bond-slave to him that thou trustest, and leave thyself always to his mercy.
      - [Trust]

Tell zeal it lacks devotion.
      - [Zeal]

The best time for marriage will be towards thirty, for as the younger times are unfit, either to choose or to govern a wife and family, so, if thou stay long, thou shalt hardly see the education of thy children, who, being left to strangers, are in effect lost; and better were it to be unborn than ill-bred; for thereby thy posterity shall either perish, or remain a shame to thy name.
      - [Matrimony]

The bodies of men, munition, and money may justly be called the sinews of war.
      - [War]

The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this--the former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it.
      - [Eating]

The gain of lying is nothing else but not to be trusted of any, nor to be believed when we speak the truth.
      - [Falsehood]

The longer it possesseth a man the more he will delight in it, and the older he groweth the more he shall be subject to it; for it dulleth the spirits, and destroyeth the body as ivy doth the old tree, or as the worm that engendereth in the kernal of the nut.
      - [Drunkenness]

The mind hath not reason to remember that passions ought to be her vassals, not her masters.
      - [Passion]

The most divine light only shineth on those minds which are purged from all worldly dross and human uncleanliness.
      - [Grace]

The necessity of war, which among human actions is the most lawless, hath some kind of affinity with the necessity of law.
      - [War]

The tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and the greatest evil that is done in the world.
      - [Talking]

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