All from “Elegant Sentences” in Bacon’s Essays, this month’s
crappy old book of the month. (See sidebar for full citation information.)
It is a strange desire which men have to seek power and lose liberty.
Children increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death.
A man’s nature runs either to herbs or weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
In great places ask counsel of both times; of the ancient time what is best, and of the latter time what is fittest.
Oh life! An age to the miserable, a moment to the happy.