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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. VI–IX: British
 
Aphorisms
By Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
 
From the “Essays

ALL colours will agree in the dark.
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  This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.  2
  Whosoever esteemeth too much of an amourous affection, quitteth both riches and wisdom.  3
  Money is like muck: not good except it be spread.  4
  Princes are like to heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil times, and which have much veneration, and no rest.  5
  Old men object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon.  6
  To take advice of some few friends is ever honourable; for lookers-on many times see more than gamesters.  7
  Suspicions that the mind of itself gathers are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men’s heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.  8
  Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. And therefore, if man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning to seem to know that which he doth not.  9
 
 
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