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'Age appears to be best in four things old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.'


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'I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.'


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'Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.'


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'Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.'


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'A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.'


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'Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.'


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'Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.'


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'The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.'


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'Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.'


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'The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.'


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'There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.'


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'The worst men often give the best advice.'


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'Age appears to be best in four things old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.'


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'The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.'


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'Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.'


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'There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.'


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'Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.'


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'Young people are fitter to invent than to judge fitter for execution than for counsel and more fit for new projects than for settled business.'


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'He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.'


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'Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.'


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'Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.'


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'I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.'


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'Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education in the elder, a part of experience.'


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'Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education in the elder, a part of experience.'


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'Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.'


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'Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.'


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'Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes adversity not without many comforts and hopes.'


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'Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.'


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'Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.'


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'God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.'


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'God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.'


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'Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.'


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'God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.'


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'God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.'


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'But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.'


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'Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.'


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'God's first creature, which was light.'


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'Acorns were good until bread was found.'


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'He that gives good advice, builds with one hand he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.'


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'The great end of life is not knowledge but action.'


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'He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.'


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'When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.'


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'There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.'


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'There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.'


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'Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.'


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'Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.'


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'Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.'


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'They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.'


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'Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.'


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'God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.'


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'Knowledge is power.'


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'The great end of life is not knowledge but action.'


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'He that hath knowledge spareth his words.'


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'The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.'


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'Knowledge and human power are synonymous.'


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'People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.'


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'A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.'


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'It is impossible to love and to be wise.'


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'Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.'


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'By indignities men come to dignities.'


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'A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.'


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'Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.'


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'Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.'


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'Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.'


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'But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.'


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'The worst men often give the best advice.'


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'Wise men make more opportunities than they find.'


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'The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.'


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'Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.'


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'Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.'


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'We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.'


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'Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.'


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'Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.'


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'Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.'


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'The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.'


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'Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.'


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'Knowledge is power.'


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'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.'


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'The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.'


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'Knowledge and human power are synonymous.'


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'A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.'


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'Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.'


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'If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.'


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'Science is but an image of the truth.'


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'Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.'


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'He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.'


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'Friends are thieves of time.'


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'Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.'


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'Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education in the elder, a part of experience.'


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'Age appears to be best in four things old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.'


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'Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.'


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'Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.'


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'Truth is a good dog but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.'


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'Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.'


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'Science is but an image of the truth.'


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'What is truth? said jesting Pilate and would not stay for an answer.'


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'It is impossible to love and to be wise.'


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'A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.'


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'Wise men make more opportunities than they find.'


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'Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.'


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'There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.'


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'There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.'


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'Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.'

 

 

 

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