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" Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing. It is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. "
Auntient lere, a selection of aphoristical and preceptive passages from the ... - Page 290
by Ancient learning - 1812
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The Ridpath Library of Universal Literature: A Biographical and ..., Volume 2

John Clark Ridpath - 1903
...society ; and be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others, especially to thy king and country. Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof,...the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger that digged and made room for him ; it is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would...
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Miscellanies of Edward Fitzgerald

Edward FitzGerald - 1904 - 247 pages
...is the nature of self-lovers as they will set a house on fire and it were but to roast their eggs. Wisdom for a man's self is in many branches thereof...that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall.—Bacon. " Enlighten self-interest," cries the philosopher, " do but sufficiently enlighten it!...
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Superstitions about Animals

Frank F. Gibson - 1904 - 208 pages
...same manifestations of sympathy and regret. Bacon definitely alludes to this belief when he says : " It is the wisdom of crocodiles that shed tears when they would devour." And Shakespeare has in his mind the same wild story when he makes Queen Margaret say: " Henry, my lord,...
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The Essays, Or Counsels, Civil and Moral, of Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam ...

Francis Bacon - 1905 - 318 pages
...profit themselves; and for either respect they 15 will abandon the good of their affairs. Wisdom fora man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved...the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger 20 who digged and made room for him. It is the wisdom of crocodiles, that shed tears when they would...
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Polonius: A Collection of Wise Saws and Modern Instances

Edward FitzGerald - 1905 - 143 pages
...IT is the nature of self-lovers as they will set a house on fire an it were but to roast their eggs. Wisdom for a man's self is in many branches thereof...that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before its fall. Bacon. " Enlighten self-interest," cries the philosopher, " do but sufficiently enlighten...
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The Modern Language Review, Volume 8

John George Robertson, Charles Jasper Sisson - 1913
...from Pliny. It was familiar in English long before Butler wrote; as for example in Bacon's Essays,' It is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall.' The merit of these things in Butler lies in the application. Mr Smith, however, gives an admirable...
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Francis Bacon's Cryptic Rhymes and the Truth They Reveal

Edwin Bormann - 1906 - 251 pages
...: And it must follow, as the Night the Day. Thou canst not then be false to any man. Hamlet, i. 3. Rats, that will be sure to leave a House, somewhat before it fall. 23rd Essay. the very rats Instinctively have quit it. The Tempest, i. 2. The Stile of Emperour, which...
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The Essays of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon - 1908 - 293 pages
...please them and profit themselves ; and for either respect they will abandon the good of their affairs. Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof,...sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. It is wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger, who digged and made room for him. It is the wisdom...
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The Essays of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon - 1908 - 293 pages
...thing. It is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. It is wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger, who...of crocodiles, that shed tears when they •would devour.3 But that which is specially to be noted is, that those which (as Cicero says of Pompey4) are...
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The Essays of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon - 1908 - 227 pages
...please them and profit themselves; and for either respect they will abandon the good of their affairs. Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing. It is the wisdom of rats,8 that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. It is the wisdom of the fox,9 that...
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