There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment.
Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
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