He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Source: Essays. Of Marriage and Single Life
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And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed.
Source: Advancement of Learning book 2; De Augmentis book 3.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Source: Essays: Of Seditions and Troubles (1597-1625)
Money is a good servant but a bad master.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome seldom extinguished.
Source: Essays, "Of Nature in Men," 1610
Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.
We cannot command nature except by obeying her.
A crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Source: Essays. Of Friendship
There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him "Was your mother never at Rome?" He answered "No Sir; but my father was."
Source: Apothegms, no. 87 (1624)
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