In civil business; what first? boldness; what second and third? boldness: and yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Source: Essays. Boldness
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Source: The Advancement of Learning, book 1, chapter 5 (1605)
Defer not charities till death; for certainly, if a man weigh it rightly, he that doth so is rather liberal of another man's than of his own.
Source: Essays. Of Riches
To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.
Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Source: Essays. Of Parents and Children
They that deny a God destroy man's nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.
Source: Essays. Atheism
Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
Source: Essays. Of Innovations
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