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Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.
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.
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.
Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate and would not stay for an answer.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
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.
Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
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.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education in the elder, a part of experience.
Friends are thieves of time.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
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.
Knowledge is power.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.