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51. The lovers of great place are impatient of privateness, even in age, which requires the shadow : like old townsmen that will be still sitting at their street-door, though there they offer age to scorn.

52. In evil, the best condition is, not to will; the next, not to can.

53. In great place, ask counsel of both times : of the ancient time, what is best; and of the latter time, what is fittest.

54. As in nature things move more violently to their place, and calmly in their place: So virtue in ambition is violent; in authority, settled and calm.

55. Boldness in civil business, is like pronunciation in the orator of Demosthenes; the first, second, and third thing.

56. Boldness is blind : whereof 'tis ill in counsel, but good in execution. For in counsel it is good to see dangers, in execution not to see them, except they be very great.

57. Without good-nature, man is but a better kind of vermin.

58. God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.

59. The great atheists indeed are hypocrites, who are always handling holy things, but without feeling; so as they must needs be cauterized in the end.

60. The master of superstition is the people. And in all superstition, wise men follow fools.


61. In removing superstitions, care would be had, that (as it fareth in ill purgings,) the good be not taken away with the bad; which commonly is done, when the people is the physician.

62. He thạt goeth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.

63. It is a miserable state of mind (and yet it is commonly the case of kings) to have few things to desire, and many things to fear.

64. Depression of the nobility may make a king more absolute, but less safe.

65. All precepts concerning kings, are, in effect, comprehended in these remembrances ; remember thou art a man; remember thou art God's vicegerent: The one bridleth their power, and the other their will.

66. Things will have their first or second agitation: If they be not tossed upon the argu, ments of counsel, they will be tossed upon the waves of fortune.

67. The true composition of a counsellor, is rather to be skill'd in his master's business than his nature; for then he is like to advise him, and not to feed his humour.

68. Private opinion is more free, but opinion before others is more reverend.


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

70. Fortune sometimes turneth the handle of the bottle, which is easy to be taken hold of; and after the belly, which is hard to grasp.

71. Generally it is good to commit the beginning of all great actions to Argus with an hundred eyes; and the ends of them to Briareus with an hundred hands; first to watch, and then to speed.

72. There is great difference betwixt a cunning man and a wise man. There be that can pack the cards, who yet can't play well; they are good in canvasses and factions, and yet otherwise mean men.

73. Extreme self-lovers will set a man's house on fire, tho’it were but to roast their eggs.

74. New things, like strangers, are more admired, and less favour'd.

75. It were good that men, in their innovations, would follow the example of time itself, which indeed innovateth greatly, but quietly, and by degrees scarce to be perceived.

76. They that reverence too much old time, are but a scorn to the new.

77. The Spaniards and Spartans have been noted to be of small dispatch. Mi venga

la muerte de Spagna ; let my death come from Spain, for then it will be sure to be long a coming.



78. You had better take for business a man somewhat absurd, than over-formal.

79. Those who want friends to whom to open their griefs, are cannibals of their own hearts.

80. Namber itself importeth not much in armies, where the people are of weak courage: For (as Virgil says) it never troubles a wolf how many the sheep be.

82. Let states, that aim at greatness, take heed how their nobility and gentry multiply too fast. In coppice woods, if you leave your staddles too thick, you

shall never have clean underwood, but shrubs and bushes. :: 82. A civil war is like the heat of a fever ; but a foreign war is like the heat of exercise, and serveth to keep the body in health.

83. Suspicions among thoughts, are like bats among birds, they ever fly by twilight.

84. Base natures, if they find themselves once supected, will never be true.

85. 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.

86. Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

87. Men seem neither well to understand their riches, nor their strength : of the former they believe greater things than they should, and of the latter much less. And from hence fatal pillars have bounded the progress of learning.

88. Riches are the baggage of virtue; they cannot be spared nor left behind, but they hinder the march.

89. Great riches have sold more men than ever they have bought out.

90. Riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.

91. He that defers his charity 'till he is dead, is (if a man weighs it rightly), rather liberal of ano ther man's, than of his own.

92. Ambition is like cholor, if he can move, it makes men active; if it be stopp’d, it becomes adust, and makes men melancholy.

93, To take a soldier without ambition, is to pull


off his spurs.

94. Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy. For no man will take such parts, except he be like the seeld dove, that mounts and mounts, because he cannot see about him,

95. Princes and states should chuse such minis. ters as are more sensible of duty than rising; and should discern a busy nature from a willing mind.

96. Aman's nature runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.

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