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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Francis Bacon. (1561–1626)
    I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavour themselves by way of amends to be a help and ornament thereunto.
          Maxims of the Law. Preface.
    Come home to men’s business and bosoms.
          Dedication to the Essays, Edition 1625.
    No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
          Of Truth.
    Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
          Of Death.
    Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
          Of Revenge.
    It was a high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), that “The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.”
          Of Adversity.
    It is yet a higher speech of his than the other, “It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.”
          Of Adversity.
    Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
          Of Adversity.
    Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
          Of Adversity.