It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
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.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.
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.