it is a pleasure to stand upon the shore

And as for Mixed Mathematics, I may only make this prediction, that there cannot fail to be more kinds of them, as nature grows further disclosed. There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions in smother. No man is angry that feels not himself hurt. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; And writing an exact man. Men suppose their reason has command over their words; still it happens that words in return exercise authority on reason. It is by discourse that men associate; and words are imposed according to the apprehension of the vulgar. Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; But in passing over it, he is superior. If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not. A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green. What is Truth? The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull. When men sting, their better selves die. Dolendi modus, timendi non item. There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little. Write down the thoughts of the moment. Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God, part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly. In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; But if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. One of the Seven was wont to say; 'Laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through.'. Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man. But men must know, that in this theater of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on. Winter nights were made for warm snuggles and warmer hearts. In peace the sons bury their fathers and in war the fathers bury their sons. Knowledge and human power are synonymous, since the ignorance of the cause frustrates the effect. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man’s mind ... turn upon the poles of truth. ‘A young man not yet, an elder man not at all.’. If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not. Men must not turn bees and kill themselves in stinging others. Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home. I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel. Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. There was a young man in Rome that was very like Augustus Caesar; Augustus took knowledge of it and sent for the man, and asked him 'Was your mother never at Rome?' Nor is mine a trumpet which summons and excites men to cut each other to pieces with mutual contradictions, or to quarrel and fight with one another; but rather to make peace between themselves, and turning with united forces against the Nature of Things. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. A man ought warily to begin charges which once begun will continue. The first creature of God, in the works of the days, was the light of the sense: the last was the light of reason: And his Sabbath work ever since is the illumination of his Spirit. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him. Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it. Mortal love is when sensuality is satisfied. 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. “It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea.” Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability. Subscribe to receive new and fresh maxioms every week: All Maxioms are property and copyright of their respective owners. We cannot too often think, that there is a never sleeping eye that reads the heart, and registers our thoughts. Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it. The more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, And Adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Gardening is the purest of human pleasures. Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend. He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator. Men commonly think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and imbibed opinions, but generally act according to custom. Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business. They generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages. The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer. It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion. Therefore, you are to set whole alleys of them, to have the pleasure when you walk or tread. The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other. 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. Every sting kills a better instinct. Therefore, from a closer and purer league between these two faculties, the experimental and the rational (such as has never been made), much may be hoped. If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. True love is when love is sacrificed. Why should I be angry with a man for loving himself better than me? The art of invention grows young with the things invented. Chiefly the mold of a man’s fortune is in his own hands. Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. There are three parts in truth: first, the inquiry, which is the wooing of it; secondly, the knowledge of it, which is the presence of it; and thirdly, the belief, which is the enjoyment of it. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men. This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds where those of their bodies have failed. They that deny a God destroy man’s nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. There is no worse torture than the torture of laws. He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied. The folly of one man is the fortune of another; for no man prospers so suddenly as by others' errors. It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely. Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts. We cannot command nature except by obeying her. Words are mostly cut to the common fashion and draw the distinctions which are most obvious to the common understanding. There are three things which make a nation great and prosperous — a fertile soil, busy workshops, and easy conveyance for men and commodities. Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion. In nature things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place. A king is one who has few things to desire and many things to fear. It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth the hurt. Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic And rhetoric, able to contend.

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