The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.
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- War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
- The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
- Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
- A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
- Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
- Desire to know why, and how — curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge — exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.