Virtue is like precious odors most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince\'s part to pardon.
Truth is a naked and open daylight, that doth not shew the masks and mummeries and triumphs of the world, half so stately and daintily as candlelights.
It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.
it is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives
Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.
Art is man added to Nature.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.
Nothing is terrible except fear itself.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.