Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.
Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men's heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.
In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.
Riches are for spending.
Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.
Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
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