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Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke, known before 1621 as Sir Fulke Greville, was an Elizabethan poet, dramatist, and statesman.
(1554 - 1628)

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A good ear for music, and a taste for music are two very different things which are often confounded; and so is comprehending and enjoying every object of sense and sentiment.

A proud man never shows his pride so much as when he is civil.

A very small offence may be a just cause for great resentment; it is often much less the particular instance which is obnoxious to us, than the proof it carries with it of the general tenor and disposition of the mind from whence it sprung.

As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men.

Despair gives the shocking ease to the mind that mortification gives to the body.

Good humor will sometimes conquer ill humor, but ill humor will conquer it oftener; and for this plain reason, good humor must operate on generosity; ill humor on meanness.

Hardly a man, whatever his circumstances and situation, but if you get his confidence, will tell you that he is not happy. It is however certain that all men are not unhappy in the same degree, though by these accounts we might almost be tempted to think so. Is not this to be accounted for, by supposing that all men measure the happiness they possess by the happiness they desire, or think they deserve?

Human knowledge is the parent of doubt.

I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.

I have often thought that the nature of women was inferior to that of men in general, but superior in particular.

It is an unhappy, and yet I fear a true reflection, that they who have uncommon easiness and softness of temper have seldom very noble and nice sensations of soul.

It is not enough that you form, and even follow the most excellent rules for conducting yourself in the world; you must, also, know when to deviate from them, and where lies the exception.

It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little: a great deal may rouse you to remove what a little will only accustom you to endure.

Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter; is he not also the only one that deserves to be laughed at?

May not taste be compared to that exquisite sense of the bee, which instantly discovers and extracts the quintessence of every flower, and disregards all the rest of it?

Men and statues that are admired in an elevated situation, have a very different effect on us when we approach them; the first appear less than we imagined them, the last bigger.

No man was ever so much deceived by another, as by himself.

One great reason why men practise generosity so little in the world is, their finding so little there: generosity is catching; and if so many men escape it, it is in a great degree from the same reason that countrymen escape the smallpox, - because they meet with no one to give it them.

Our companions please us less from the charms we find in their conversation, than from those they find in ours.

Penetration seems a kind of inspiration; it gives me an idea of prophecy.

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