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    A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous. Conscience

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    Sudden glory is the passion which makes those grimaces called laughter. Glory

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    He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy. Prison

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    For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect. Religion

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    Desire to know why, and how -- curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge -- exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure. Curiosity

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    There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense. Tranquility

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    Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools. Words

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    Words are the money of fools. Words

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    Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another. Science and Scientists

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    In the state of nature profit is the measure of right. Profits

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    No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. Mistakes

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    Curiosity is the lust of the mind. Curiosity

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    Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech. Understanding

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    I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark. Famous last words

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    Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto. Caution

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    Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves. Wisdom

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    Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues. War

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    War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known. Battle

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    The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them. State

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    The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame. Secrets

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    Leisure is the mother of Philosophy. Leisure

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    Man is distinguished, not only by his reason; but also by this singular passion from other animals... which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure. Knowledge

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    The flesh endures the storms of the present alone; the mind, those of the past and future as well as the present. Gluttony is a lust of the mind. Food and Eating

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    The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living. Books - Classics

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    The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only. Absurdity

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