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
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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)
It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.
All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.
He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers [zeros], is the decay of the whole age.
Source: Essays. Of Ambition
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
Source: Related as a remark of Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603), Apothegms
No man is angry that feels not himself hurt.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Source: Essays. Atheism
Natural abilities are like natural plants that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
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