When you wander, as you often delight to do, you wander indeed, and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires. This is not caused by any natural defect, but first for want of election, when you, having a large and fruitful mind, should not so much labour what to speak as to find what to leave unspoken. Rich soils are often to be weeded.
Whence we see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.
Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.
Young men are fitter to invent than to judge, fitter for execution than for counsel, and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
A man that sudieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.
As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
The world ’s a bubble, and the life of man less than a span.
History makes people wise.