We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
More quotes by Francis Bacon
Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.
A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.
For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
More quotes about Wisdom
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world – and never will.
Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
Every time I think I have reached the peak, I look up and see I still have a ways to go. But I look back and see just how far I have come.
As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep and never to refrain when awake.