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Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
topics: books , reading  
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.
topics: advice , certainty , life  
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
topics: hope  
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.
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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. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
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There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.
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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
topics: humor , imagination  
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A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.
topics: beauty  
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Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand--and melting like a snowflake...
topics: inspirational  
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Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
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[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.
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Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.
topics: friendship , wine  
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Wonder is the seed of knowledge
topics: science  
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Money is a great servant but a bad master.
topics: materialism , money  
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It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.
topics: self-knowledge  
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You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds.
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The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
topics: artist  
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Reading maketh a full man; and writing an axact man. And, therefore, if a man write little, he need have a present wit; and if he read little, he need have much cunning to seem to know which he doth not.
topics: reading  
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