Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.
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- Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
- 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.
- Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
- The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.