The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Sir Francis Bacon ( 1561 ~ 1626 )
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Knowledge is power.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more 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.
Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
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.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Read not to contradict and confute
nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
I have taken all knowledge to by my province.
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain that the virtuous.
Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
If a man will begin in certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin in doubts he shall end in certainties.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
In charity there is no excess.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, But depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
By far the best proof is experience.
Dolendi modus, timendi non item. (To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.)
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
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