Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke

Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke

British Elizabethan Poet, Dramatist and Statesman

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Hard-hearted minds relent and rigor's tears abound, and envy strangely rues his end, in whom no fault was found. Knowledge her light hath lost, valor hath slain her knight, Sidney is dead, dead is my friend, dead is the world's delight.

It is, methinks, worthy the curiosity of a nice observer of human nature, to watch the course of a principle in the mind, and mark its various effects; now cherishing a virtue, now a vice; now establishing order, and now inclining to irregularity: to trace it like a stream from a source, through all its windings; each of which, those who see but a part, distinguish by a different name, and supposed to be fed by a different spring.

O wearisome condition of humanity!

The mind of man is this world’s true dimension; and knowledge is the measure of the mind.

We confess our faults in the plural, and deny them in the singular.

Have you never seen a strange unconnected deformed representation of a figure, which seen in another point of view, became proportioned and agreeable? It is the picture of man.

It would be doing cunning too much honor to call it an inferior species of true discernment.

Oh wearisome condition of Humanity! Born under one law, to another bound, vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity, created sick, commanded to be sound: what meaneth Nature by these diverse laws? Passion and reason self-division cause. Is it the mask or majesty of Power to make offences that it may forgive?

The mind's eye is perhaps no better fitted for the full radiance of truth, than is the body's for that of the sun.

We laugh heartily to see a whole flock of sheep jump because one did so. Might not one imagine that superior beings do the same, and for exactly the same reason?

How happy is it for us, that the admiration of others should depend so much more on their ignorance than our perfection!

It's a hard talk for a man to say I don't know; it hurts his pride: but should not the pretending he does, hurt it much more?

One great disadvantage to the cause of truth is its’ being so often in the hands of liars.

The world is an excellent judge in general, but a very bad one in particular.

Who worships Cupid doth adore a boy; boys' earnest are at first in their delight, but for a new soon leave their dearest toy, and out of mind as soon as out of sight; their joys be dallyings and their wealth is play, they cry to have and cry to cast away.

How seldom is generosity perfect and pure! How often do men give because it throws a certain inferiority on those who receive, and superiority on themselves!

Let us not expect men to see truth before it is shown them; they do not see it afterwards.

One great reason why men practice generosity so little in the world is their finding so little there. Generosity is catching; and if so many men escape it, it is in a great degree from the same reason the countrymen escape the smallpox, because they meet no one to give it to them.

There are faults in others we are often indulgent to; I mean those which have a connection with our own.

Wit catches of wit, as fire of fire.

Human knowledge is the parent of doubt.

Love is no true-made looking-glass which perfect yields the shape we bring; it ugly shows us all that was, and flatters every future thing.

Our companions please us less from the charms we find in their conversation, than from those they find in ours.

There are sometimes beauties in a character which would never have appeared but for a defect, and defects which would never have appeared but for a beauty.

You deny that man is really so prejudiced as I suppose him; talk to him then of some foreign country, ask him what religion he is of.

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British Elizabethan Poet, Dramatist and Statesman