It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Contributed by: Zaady
He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing
When a bee stings, she dies. She cannot sting and live. When men sting, their better selves die. Every sting kills a better instinct. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others.
It is yet a higher speech of his [Seneca] than the other, . . . 'It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man, and the security of a God.'
Source: Essays. Of Adversity
Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.
Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.
Nothing is to be feared but fear.
Of perfidious friends: 'We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.'
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