Art is the most beautiful of all lies.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding.
Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.
Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
Acorns were good until bread was found.
As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
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.
Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.
Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.
Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.
Mysteries are due to secrecy.
The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
Nature is commanded by obeying her.
Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Opportunity makes a thief.
Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
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.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.
It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
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