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1633 - 1695, English politician and author

A person may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him prisoner.
George Savile

Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.
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Men that cannot entertain themselves want somebody, though they care for nobody.
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Misspending a man's time is a kind of self-homicide.
George Savile

The struggling for knowledge hath a pleasure in it like that of wrestling with a fine woman.
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Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not on our side.
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Nothing would more contribute to make a man wise, than to have always an enemy in his
view.
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The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead.
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Most mens anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady that neither of them
care for.
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Our virtues and vices couple with one another, and get children that resemble both their
parents.
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Men in business are in as much danger from those at work under them as from those that
work against them.
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Explaining is generally half confessing.
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Men who borrow their opinions can never repay their debts.
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Weak men are the worse for the good sense they read in books because it furnisheth them
only with more matter to mistake.
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A wise man will keep his suspicions muzzled, but he will keep them awake.
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Malice is of a low stature, but it hath very long arms.
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They who are of the opinion that money will do everything, may very well be suspected to do
everything for money.
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A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding, must undergo the danger of
trusting.
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It is ill-manners to silence a fool, and cruelty to let him go on.
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Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it
whether they will or no.
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Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen.
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Laws are generally not understood by three sorts of persons, viz. by those who make them,
by those who execute them, and by those who suffer, if they break them.
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Many men swallow the being cheated, but no man could ever endure to chew it.
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If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers in the first place.
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A little learning misleadeth, and a great deal often stupifieth the understanding.
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Malice, like lust, when it is at the height, doth not know shame.
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When the people contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything by their victory but new
masters.
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Nothing is less forgiven than setting patterns men have no mind to follow.
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It is a general mistake to think the men we like are good for every thing, and those we do not,
good for nothing.
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A man that should call every thing by its right name, would hardly pass the streets without
being knocked down as a common enemy.
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The sight of a drunkard is a better sermon against that vice than the best that was ever
preached on that subject.
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Love is a passion that hath friends in the garrison.
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There is reason to think the most celebrated philosophers would have been bunglers at
business; but the reason is because they despised it.
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Men are so unwilling to displease a prince, that it is as dangerous to inform him right, as to
serve him wrong.
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If men considered how many things there are that riches cannot buy, they would not be so
fond of them.
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