Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
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- Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.
- For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
- Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
- Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
- A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
- 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.