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.
Quote by Francis Bacon
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of...
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing...
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the...
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense...
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he...
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man...
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds...
Age will not be defied.
Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground.
When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never...
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to...
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.