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69. Fortune is like a market, where many times if you stay a little the price will fall. 70. Fortune sometimes turneth the handle" of the bottle, which is easy to be taken hold of; and after the belly, which is hard to grasp. 71. Generally it is good to commit the beginning of all great actions to Argus with an hundred eyes; and the ends of them to Briareus with an hundred hands; first to watch and then to speed. 72. There is great difference betwixt a cunning man and a wise man. There be that can pack, the cards, who yet can't play well; they are good in canvasses and factions, and yet otherwise mean. Inell, 73. Extreme self-lovers will set a man's house on fire, tho' it were but to roast their eggs. 74. New things, like strangers, are more admired, and less favour’d. 75. It were good that men, in their innovations, would follow the example of time itself, which indeed innovateth greatly, but quietly, and by degrees scarce to be perceived. 76. They that reverence too much old time, are but a scorn to the new. 77. The Spaniards and Spartans have been noted to be of small dispatch. Mi venga la muerte de Spagna; let my death come from Spain, for then it will be sure to be long a coming.
78. You had better take for business a man somewhat absurd, than over-formal. 79. Those who want friends to whom to open their griefs, are cannibals of their own hearts. 80. Number itself importeth not much in armies, where the people are of weak courage: For (as Virgil says) it never troubles a wolf how many the sheep be. 81. Let states, that aim at greatness, take heed how their nobility and gentry multiply too fast. In coppice woods, if you leave your staddles too thick, you shall never have clean underwood, but shrubs and bushes. 82. A civil war is like the heat of a fever; but a foreign war is like the heat of exercise, and serveth to keep the body in health. 83. Suspicions among thoughts, , are like bats amongbirds, they ever fly by twilight. 84. Base natures if they find themselves once suspected, will never be true. 85. Men ought to find the difference between saltness and bitterness. Certainly he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others memory. 86. Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. 87. Men seem neither well to understand their riches, nor their strength: of the former they be-, "eve greater things than they should, and of the
latter much less. And from hence fatal pillars have bounded the progress of learning. 88. Riches are the baggage of virtue: they cannot be spared nor left behind, but they hinder the march. 89. Great riches have sold more men than ever they have bought out. 90. Riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. 91. He that defers his charity 'till he is dead, is (if a man weighs it rightly) rather liberal of another man's, than of his own. 92. Ambition is like cholor, if he can move, it makes men active; if it be stopp'd, it becomes adust, and makes men melancholy. 93. To take a soldier without ambition, is to pull off his spurs. 94. Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy. For no man will take such parts, except he be like the seeld dove, that mounts and mounts, because he cannot see about him. 95. Princes and states should chuse such ministers as are more sensible of duty than rising; and should discern a busy nature from a willing mind. 96. A man's nature runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other. G
97. If a man look sharp and attentively, he shall see fortune; for tho' she be blind, she is not invisible. 98. Usury bringeth the treasure of the realm or state into a few hands: for the usurer being at certainties, and the others at uncertainties; at the end of the game most of the money will be in the box. 99. Beauty is best in a body that hath rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect. The beautiful prove accomplish'd, but not of great spi
rit; and study, for the most part, rather behaviour than virtue.
100. The best part of beauty, is that which a picture cannot express. , 101. He who builds a fair house upon an ill seat, commits himself to prison.
102. If you would work on any man, you must either know his nature and fashions, and so lead him : or his ends, and so persuade him; or his weaknesses and disadvantages, and so awe him; or those that have interest in him, and so govern him.
103. Costly followers, (among whom we may reckon those who are importunate in suits) are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he maketh his wings shorter. 104. Fame is like a river that beareth up things.
light and swolen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
105. Seneca saith well, that anger is like rain, that breaks itself upon that it falls. 106. Excusations, cessions, modesty itself well govern'd, are but arts of ostentation. 107. High treason is not written in ice; that when the body relenteth, the impression should go away. 108. The best governments are always subject to be like the fairest crystals, when every icicle or grain is seen, which in a fouler stone is never perceived. 109. Hollow church papists are like the roots of nettle, which themselves sting not; but yet they bear all the stinging leaves.