Great Throughts Treasury

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Francis Walsingham, fully Sir Francis Walsingham

English Statesman, Principal Secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, popularly remembered as her "spymaster"

"Every virtue gives a man a degree of felicity in some kind: honesty gives a man a good report; justice, estimation; prudence, respect; courtesy and liberality, affection; temperance gives health; fortitude, a quiet mind, not to be moved by any adversity."

"I call God to witness that as a private person I have done nothing unbeseeming an honest man, nor, as I bear the place of a public man, have I done anything unworthy of my place."

"Knowledge is never too dear."

"See and keep silent."

"There is less danger in fearing too much than too little."

"There is so little beauty in this world, and so much suffering. Do you suppose that is what God had in mind? That is to say if there is a god at all. Perhaps there is nothing in this universe but ourselves. And our thoughts."

"There is nothing more dangerous than security."