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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.
 

Age will not be defied.
[Age]
 

Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons of gold buried somewhere in his vineyard, where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions and instructive experiments to light.
 

All good moral philosophy is but the handmaid to religion.
 

All our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.
[Heart]
 

All precepts concerning kings are comprehended in these: remember thou art a man; remember thou art God's vicegerent.
[Kings]
 

All rising to great places is by a winding stair.
 

All the armies on earth do not destroy so many of the human race, nor alienate so much property, as drunkenness.
[Drunkenness]
 

Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that 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.
 

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
[Anger]
 

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
 

Aristotle... a mere bond-servant to his logic, thereby rendering it contentious and well nigh useless.
 

As it addeth deformity to an ape to be so like a man, so the similitude of superstition to religion makes it the more deformed.
[Superstition]
 

As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
[Birth]
 

Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of Man.
[Atheism]
 

Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark.
 

Bashfulness is a great hindrance to a man, both in uttering his sentiments and in understanding what is proposed to him; it is therefore good to press forward with discretion, both in discourse and company of the better sort.
 

Be not penny-wise; riches have wings; sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.
[Riches]
 

Be true to thyself, as thou be not false to others.
 

Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush.
[Beauty]
 


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