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Nor do apothegms only serve for ornament and delight, but also for action and civil use, as being the edge tools of speech, which cut and penetrate the knots of business and affairs.

Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much.

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.

Nothing is terrible except fear itself.

Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.

Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Opportunity makes a thief.

Our humanity were a poor thing but for the divinity that stirs within us.

Out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books, and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time.

People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.

People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.

Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.

Physic is of little use to a temperate person, for a man's own observation on what he finds does him good, and what hurts him, is the best physic to preserve health.

Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.

Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.

Princes are like heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration but no rest.

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

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