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Measure not dispatch by the times of sitting, but by the advancement of business.

Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom.

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.

Men in great place are thrice servants; servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business; so that they have no freedom, neither in their persons, in their actions, nor in their times.-It is a strange desire to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

Men of noble birth are noted to be envious toward new men when they rise; for the distance is altered; it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back.

Men ought to find the difference between saltness and bitterness. Certainly, he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.

Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible, enjoy, in general, a greater share of dignity than of happiness.

Men seem neither to understand their riches nor their strength.-Of the former they believe greater things than they should; of the latter, less.

Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason.

Men's thoughts are much according to their inclination.

Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.

Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind.

My name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next age.

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

Nature is commanded by obeying her.

Nature is often hidden; sometimes overcome; seldom extinguished.

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.

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