What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
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- It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth… and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
- Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.
- Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
- Science is but an image of the truth.
- Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
- For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.