There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
More quotes by Francis Bacon
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
People of great position are servants times three, servants of their country, servants of fame, and servants of business.
More quotes about Wisdom
We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that.
Seek not to be Rich, but Happy. The one lies in Bags, the other in Content: which Wealth can never give.
There is one topic peremptorily forbidden to all well-bred, to all rational mortals, namely, their distempers. If you have not slept, or if you have slept, or if you have headache, or sciatica, or leprosy, or thunder-stroke, I beseech you, by all angels, to hold your peace, and not pollute the morning.
There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large mattertis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.