The Maxims of Francis Guicciardini

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1845 - 158 pages
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Page 69 - FORTUNE is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall ; and again, it is sometimes like Sibylla's offer, which at first offereth the commodity at full, then consumeth part and part, and still holdeth up the price...
Page 51 - IT cannot be denied, but outward accidents conduce much to fortune ; favour, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue. But chiefly, the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
Page 49 - My lot might have been that of a slave, a savage, or a peasant ; nor can I reflect without pleasure on the bounty of Nature, which cast my birth in a free and civilized country, in an age of science and philosophy, in a family of honourable rank, and decently endowed with the gifts of fortune.
Page 10 - Goodness I call the habit, and goodness of nature the inclination. This, of all virtues and dignities of the mind, is the greatest, being the character of the Deity ; and without it man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing, no better than a kind of vermin.
Page 46 - ... therefore, if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune ; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible. The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky ; which is a meeting, or knot of a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together : so are there a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather .'acuities and customs that make men fortunate : the Italians note some of them, such as a man would little think.
Page 15 - that all times are equally virtuous and vicious," wherein he differs from all poets, philosophers, and Christians that ever writ. It is more probable that there may be an equal quantity of virtues always in the world, but sometimes there may be a peck of it in Asia, and hardly a thimble-full in Europe.
Page 93 - ... mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it: for these winding and crooked courses are the goings of the serpent; which goeth basely upon the belly and not upon the feet.
Page 131 - Ne can the man, that moulds in ydle cell, Unto her happy mansion attaine : Before her gate High God did Sweate ordaine, And wakefull Watches ever to abide : But easy is the way and passage plaine To Pleasures pallace ; it may soone be spide, And day and night her dores to all stand open wide.
Page 28 - En Turquie , où l'on fait très-peu d'attention à la fortune , à la vie, à l'honneur des sujets, on termine promptement , d'une façon ou d'une autre , toutes les disputes. La manière de les finir est indifférente , pourvu qu'on finisse. Le...
Page 132 - A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. But that happeneth rarely. Generally youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second. For there is a youth in thoughts, as well as in ages. And yet the invention of young men is more lively than that of old; and imaginations stream into their minds better, and as it were more divinely.

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