by Francis Bacon
To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humor of a scholar
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
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.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
A wise man will make more opportunities, than he finds.
No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
Nuptial love maketh mankind, friendly love perfecteth it, but wonton love corrupteth and embaseth it.