Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

English Administrator, Politician, Spymaster and Minister to Elizabeth I and James I of England

"Examples is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh."

"Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself."

"As accession of wealth is a dangerous predicament for a man. At first he is stunned if the accession be sudden, and is very humble and very grateful. Then he begins to speak a little louder, people think him more sensible, and soon he think himself so."

"A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their comparisons of title, wealth, and place, he consider but as harness."

"Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are."

"If a man has a quarrelsome temper, let him alone. The world will soon find his employment. He will soon meet with some one stronger that himself, who will repay him better than you can. A man may fight duels all his life, if he is disposed to quarrel."

"Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse. Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear; unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf."

"People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh."

"Virtue consisted in avoiding scandal and venereal disease."