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...seem things of form, but are things of sub- stance; for at a long table a few at the upper end, in effect, sway all the business; but in the other form, there is more use of the counsellors' opinions, that sit lower. A king, when he presides in counsel, let him beware how he opens his own inclination too much, in that which he propoundeth; for else counsellors will but take the wind of him, and in- stead of giving free counsel, sing him a song of placebo.
Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.Again, it is sometimes like Sibylla's offer; which at first, offereth the commodity at full, then con- sumeth part and part, and still holdeth up the price. For occasion (as it is in the common verse) turneth a bald noddle, after she hath presented her locks in front, and no hold taken; or at least turneth the handle of the bottle, first to be received, and after the belly, which is hard to clasp. There is surely no greater wisdom, than well to time the beginnings, and onsets, of... Bacon, Francis
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