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Dissimulation is but a faint kind of policy or wisdom, for it asketh a strong wit and a strong heart to know when to tell the truth, and to do it: therefore it is the weaker of politicians that are the greatest dissemblers.
 

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
 

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
[Art]
 

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.
 

For also knowledge itself is power.
[Knowledge]
 

For man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection: and they be three wisdoms of divers natures, which do often sever: wisdom of the behaviour, wisdom of business, and wisdom of state.
 

For my name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
 

For there is no question but a just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.
 

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
 

Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
 

Fortune makes him fool, whom she makes her darling.
[Fortune]
 

Friends are thieves of time.
 

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
 

Generally music feedeth that disposition of the spirits which it findeth.
[Music]
 

Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.
 

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
[Nature]
 

God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
[Providence]
 

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
[Intellect]
 

God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because His ordinary works convince it.
[Atheism]
 

God's first creature, which was light.
 


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