For those who intend to discover and to understand, not to indulge in conjectures and soothsaying, and rather than contrive imitation and fabulous worlds plan to look deep into the nature of the real world and to dissect it — for them everything must be sought in things themselves.
Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight.
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.
Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect.
My essays . . . come home, to men’s business, and bosoms.
Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.
Ask a counsel of both times-of the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest
Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home
Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
What then remains but that we still should cry for being born, and, being born, to die?
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Friendship redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half
Nay, the same Solomon the king, although he excelled in the glory of treasure and magnificent buildings, of shipping and navigation, of service and attendance, of fame and renown, and the like, yet he maketh no claim to any of those glories, but only to the glory of inquisition of truth; for so he saith...