They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.

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But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.

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Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

"Of Revenge," Essays (1597-1625).