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Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
[Beauty]
 

Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them who despair of them; and none are worse than they when riches come to them.
[Riches]
 

Blushing is the livery of virtue, though it may sometimes proceed from guilt.
 

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences; whence it is bad in council though good in execution.-The right use of the bold, therefore, is, that they never command in chief, but serve as seconds under the direction of others.-For in council it is good to see dangers, and in execution not to see them unless they be very great.
[Boldness]
 

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
 

But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
 

By far the best proof is experience.
 

By indignities men come to dignities.
 

By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing over it, he is superior.
[Revenge]
 

Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
 

Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
[Virtue]
 

Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.
 

Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
 

Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter.-They increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death.
[Children]
 

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
 

Cleanliness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.
[Cleanliness]
 

Consistency is the foundation of virtue.
 

Costly followers are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he make his wings shorter.
 

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
 

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
[Speech]
 


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