Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
More quotes by Francis Bacon
Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity does best discover vice, but adversity does best discover virtue.
More quotes about Wisdom
Friends are true Twins in Soul; they Sympathize in every thing, and have the Love and Aversion. One is not happy without the other, nor can either of them be miserable alone. As if they could change Bodies, they take their turns in Pain as well as in Pleasure; relieving one another in their most adverse Conditions.What one enjoys, the other cannot Want. Like the Primitive Christians, they have all things in common, and no Property but in one another.
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.
In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
We rail at trade, but the historian of the world will see that it was the principle of liberty; that it settled America, and destroyed feudalism, and made peace and keeps peace; that it will abolish slavery.