- ”Silence is the virtue of a fool.”
- Simple: A stupid person thinks that being quiet is a good thing.
- ”If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”
- Simple: If you begin with being sure about things then finally you will be doubtful about things. But if you begin instead with doubts about things then finally you may be sure about things.
- ”No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.”
- Simple: The pleasure one can have in knowing something is more than any other pleasure.
- “There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.”
- Simple: The human nature is more foolish than wise.
- The Advancement of Learning (1605), Book VI, xxxi.
- The Advancement of Learning (1605), Book I, v, 8.
- Essays (1625), Of Truth
- Essays (1625), Of Boldness