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Of Atheism

I HAD rather believe all the fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that thi...

Of Seditions And Troubles

SHEPHERDS of people, had need know the calendars of tempests in state; which are commonly greates...

Of Nobility

WE WILL speak of nobility, first as a portion of an estate, then as a condition of particular per...

Of Goodness and Goodness Of Nature

I TAKE goodness in this sense, the affecting of the weal of men, which is that the Grecians call ...

Of Boldness

IT IS a trivial grammar-school text, but yet worthy a wise man's consideration. Question was aske...

Of Great Place

MEN in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state; servants of fame; and...

Of Love

THE stage is more beholding to love, than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matt...

Of Envy

THERE be none of the affections, which have been noted to fascinate or bewitch, but love and envy...

Of Marriage And Single Life

HE THAT hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great ...

Of Parents And Children

THE joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears. They cannot utter the one; nor...

Of Simulation And Dissimulation

DISSIMULATION is but a faint kind of policy, or wisdom; for it asketh a strong wit, and a strong ...

Of Adversity

IT WAS an high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), that the good things, which bel...

Of Revenge

REVENGE is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to wee...

Of Unity In Religion

RELIGION being the chief band of human society, it is a happy thing, when itself is well containe...

Of Death

MEN fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children, is incr...

Of Truth

WHAT is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certainly there be, that de...

Dedication to King James the First

To the King. There were under the law, excellent King, both daily sacrifices and freewill offeri...

100. The Million Dead, Too, Summ’d Up

THE DEAD in this war—there they lie, strewing the fields and woods and valleys and battle-fields ...

99. Three Years Summ’d Up

DURING those three years in hospital, camp or field, I made over six hundred visits or tours, and...

Introduction

Nothing is more usual and more natural for those, who pretend to discover any thing new to the wo...