Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke

Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke

British Elizabethan Poet, Dramatist and Statesman

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Every character is in some respects uniform, and in others inconsistent; and it is only by the study both of the uniformity and inconsistency, and a comparison of them with each other, that the knowledge of man is acquired.

It has been said that the beauties of the mind are valuable because they are more lasting than those of the body; but I do not remember to have heard it said that the beauties of the mind are valuable because they make those of the body more lasting.

No fruit has a more precise marked period of maturity, than love; if neglected to be gathered at that time, it will certainly fall to the ground and die away.

Surely no man can reflect, without wonder, upon the vicissitudes of human life arising from causes in the highest degree accidental and trifling. If you trace the necessary concatenation of human events a very little way back, you may perhaps discover that a person’s very going in or out of a door has been the means of coloring with misery or happiness the remaining current of his life.

Two men are equally free from the rage of ambition; are they therefore equal in merit? Perhaps not; one may be above ambition, the other below it.

Genius always looks forward, and not only sees what is, but what necessarily will be.

It is in numberless instances happier to have a false opinion which we believe true, than a true one of which we doubt.

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.

The criterion of true beauty is, that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. There is therefore, something in true beauty that corresponds with right reason, and is not the mere creation of fancy.

We are not slow at discovering the selfishness of others; for this plain reason--because it clashes with our own.

Genius, like a planet, takes a wide circuit through the pure expanse of nature, and visits not regions only, but whole worlds, which SENSE does not know to exist.

It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little; a great deal may rouse you to remove what a little will only accustom you to endure.

No two things can be so contradictory, so much at variance as truth and falsehood; and yet none are so mixed and united.

The great reason why false virtues pass so well in the world is, that true ones are so seldom near to compare them with.

We are oftener deceived by being told some truth than no truth.

Habit is the cement of society, the comfort of life, and, alas! the root of error.

It is so much in the nature of men to overreach and deceive one another, that their very sports and plays are founded on that principle.

Now rime, the son of rage, which art no kin to skill, and endless grief, which deads my life, yet knows not how to kill, go seek that hapless tomb, which if ye hap to find, salute the stones that keep the bones that held so good a mind.

The greatest slave in a kingdom is generally the king of it.

We can, in general, be much less sure of the truth of a thing, than of the falsehood; because though every part we have seen may agree, yet we cannot tell how many may be behind, and one failure of connection will be sufficient to falsify the whole.

Hard-hearted minds relent and rigor's tears abound, and envy strangely rues his end, in whom no fault was found. Knowledge her light hath lost, valor hath slain her knight, Sidney is dead, dead is my friend, dead is the world's delight.

It is, methinks, worthy the curiosity of a nice observer of human nature, to watch the course of a principle in the mind, and mark its various effects; now cherishing a virtue, now a vice; now establishing order, and now inclining to irregularity: to trace it like a stream from a source, through all its windings; each of which, those who see but a part, distinguish by a different name, and supposed to be fed by a different spring.

O wearisome condition of humanity!

The mind of man is this world’s true dimension; and knowledge is the measure of the mind.

We confess our faults in the plural, and deny them in the singular.

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British Elizabethan Poet, Dramatist and Statesman