The Essays Or Counsels, Civil and Moral: And, The New Atlantis

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Methuen & Company, 1905 - Ethics - 176 pages
 

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Page 113 - And, because the breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air (where it comes and goes like the warbling of music) than in the hand, therefore nothing is more fit for that delight than to know what be the flowers and plants that do best perfume the air.
Page 124 - Abeunt studia in mores'; nay, there is no stand or impediment in the wit, but may be wrought out by fit studies: like as diseases of the body may have appropriate exercises; bowling is good for the stone and reins, shooting for the lungs and breast, gentle walking for the stomach, riding for the head and the like; so if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again...
Page 1 - One of the later school of the Grecians examineth the matter, and is at a stand to think what should be in it, that men should love lies ; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets ; nor for advantage, as with the merchant ; but for the lie's sake.
Page 4 - It is as natural to die, as to be born ; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other. He that dies in an earnest pursuit is like one that is wounded in hot blood ; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore, a mind fixed, and bent upon somewhat that is good, doth avert the dolours of death : but above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is, Nunc dimittis ; when a man hath obtained worthy ends, and expectations.
Page 9 - EVENGE is a kind of wild justice ; which, the more man's -t\- nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law ; but the revenge of that wrong putteth the law out of office.
Page 20 - Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise: for the distance is altered; and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back. Deformed persons and eunuchs, and old men and bastards, are envious ; for he that cannot possibly mend his own case, will do what he can to impair another's...
Page 143 - In the youth of a state arms do flourish ; in the middle age of a state, learning ; and then both of them together for a time : in the declining age of a state, mechanical arts and merchandise.
Page 108 - DEFORMED persons are commonly even with nature; for as nature hath done ill by them, so do they by nature, being for the most part (as the Scripture saith,) 'void of natural affection;' and so they have their revenge of nature.
Page 15 - I ""HE joys of parents are secret ; and so are their griefs, •*• and fears : they cannot utter the one ; nor they will not utter the other. Children sweeten labours ; but they make misfortunes more bitter : they increase the cares of life ; but they mitigate the remembrance of death.
Page 64 - But little do men perceive what solitude is and how far it extendeth. 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. The Latin adage meeteth with it a little ; " Magna civitas, magna soliiudo ; " because in a great town friends are scattered ; so that there is not that fellowship, for the most part, which is in less neighbourhoods. But we may go further, and affirm most truly ; that it is a mere, and miserable solitude,...

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