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- Arcum intensio frangit; animum, remissio.
- Much bending breaks the bow. Much unbending, the mind.
- Cum vitia prosint, peccat qui recte facit.
- If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.
- The flood of grief decreaseth, when it can swell no higher.
- The fortune which nobody sees makes a man happy and unenvied.
- Malus ubi bonum se simulat, tunc est pessimus.
- A bad man is worst when he pretends to be a saint.
- They live ill, who think to live for ever.
- The coward calls himself a cautious man; and the miser says, he is frugal.
- It is a strange desire which men have, to seek power and lose liberty.
- A mixture of falsehood is like alloy in gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it debaseth it.
- Death ... extinguishes envy.
- He that studieth revenge, keepeth his own wounds green.
- If [things] be not tossed upon the arguments of counsel, they will be tossed upon- the waves of fortune.
- Extreme self-lovers will set a man's house on fire, though it were but to roast their eggs.
- Riches are the baggage of virtue; they cannot be spared nor left behind, but they hinder the march.
- Riches have sold more men than ever they have bought.
- A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
- The beautiful prove accomplished, but not of great spirit; and study, for the most part, rather behaviour than virtue.
- The best part of beauty is that which a picture cannot express.
- While a man maketh his train longer, he maketh his wings shorter.
- Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity the blessing of the New.