Imaginary Conversations of Literary Men and Statesmen, Volume 5

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Page 58 - There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. A man cannot tell whether Apelles or Albert Durer were the more trifler ; whereof the one would make a personage by. geometrical proportions, the other by taking the best parts out of divers faces to make one excellent.
Page 51 - But these small wares and petty points of cunning are infinite ; and it were a good deed to make a list of them ; for that nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
Page 29 - Reform, therefore, without bravery or scandal of former times and persons ; but yet set it down to thyself, as well to create good precedents as to follow them.
Page 58 - Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
Page 54 - Arras, opened and put abroad:" whereby the imagery doth appear in figure ; whereas in thoughts they lie but as in packs.
Page 29 - But power to do good is the true and lawful end of aspiring. For good thoughts (though God accept them) yet towards men are little better than good dreams, except they be put in act; and that cannot be without power and place, as the vantage and commanding ground.
Page 338 - Rabbi:' for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Page 42 - Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation ; all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not ; but superstition dismounts all these, and erecteth an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.
Page 53 - ... certain it is that whosoever hath his mind fraught with many thoughts, his wits and understanding do clarify and break up in the communicating and discoursing with another : he tosseth his thoughts more easily ; he...
Page 19 - Truth may, perhaps, come to the price of a pearl that showeth best by day, but it will not rise to the price of a diamond or carbuncle that showeth best in varied lights.

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