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The worst men often give the best advice.

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

There are three parts in truth: first, the inquiry, which is the wooing of it; secondly, the knowledge of it, which is the presence of it; and thirdly, the belief, which is the enjoyment of it.

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.

There is a superstition in avoiding superstition, when men think they do best if they go farthest from the superstition,-by which means they often take away the good as well as the bad.

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 as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.

There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom

There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his griefs to his friends, but he grieveth the less.

There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame as to be discovered in a lie; for as Montaigne saith, A liar would be brave toward God, while he is a coward toward men; for a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.

There never was found in any age of the world, either philosophy, or sect, or religion, or law, or discipline, which did so highly exalt the good of the community, and increase private and particular good as the holy Christian faith.-Hence, it clearly appears that it was one and the same God that gave the Christian law to men, who gave the laws of nature to the creatures.

There never was law, or sect, or opinion did so magnify goodness as the Christian religion doth.

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.

They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

They are the best laws, by which the king has the greatest prerogative, and the people the best liberty.

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