Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Source: Essays. Of Adversity
Contributed by: Zaady
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity is the blessing of the New.
There are three things which make a nation great and prosperous - a fertile soil, busy workshops, and easy conveyance for men and commodities.
The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath laboured more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
Source: Essays. Of Adversity (1597-1625)
Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
All good moral philosophy is but a handmaid to religion.
Source: Advancement of Learning
When any of the four pillars of government-religion, justice, counsel, and treasure-are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather.
Poesy was ever thought to have some participation of divineness, because it doth raise and erect the mind, by submitting the shows of things to the desires of the mind; whereas reason doth buckle and bow the mind unto the nature of things.
A dance is a measured pace, as a verse is a measured speech.
Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
Source: Essays. Of Fortune
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