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" HE that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune ; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or childless... "
Proverbs, Maxims, and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and ... - Page 437
1887 - 602 pages
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Bacon's essays, with annotations by R. Whately

Francis Bacon (visct. St. Albans.) - 1864 - 638 pages
...selfishness is caught from those who have least of it. ESSAY Till. OF MARRIAGE AND SINGLE LIFE. HE that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune ;...to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or...
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Literary and professional works

Francis Bacon - 1864 - 468 pages
...cunning men passe for wise. 5. OF MARRIAGE AND SINGLE LIFE. HEE that hath wife and children, hath giuen hostages to fortune. For they are impediments to great enterprises, either of vertue or mischief. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the publike haue proceeded...
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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source Passages and ...

John Bartlett - 1865 - 504 pages
...by degrees. — BEAUMONT and FLETCHER. A King and no King. Act v. Sc. 4. FRANCIS BACON. 1561-1626. He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages...to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Essag viii. Of Marriage and Single Life. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some...
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For ever and ever, Volume 1

Florence Marryat - 1866 - 340 pages
...in a theatre.' ' Then I suppose you are of the opinion of Lord Bacon, Miss Tredman, where he says," He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages...great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief." ' The actress shook her head laughingly. ' You must not attack me with any but dramatic quotations,...
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Extracts from English Literature

John Rolfe - 1867 - 404 pages
...things to come ! If here uneasy ; finds at Home, At Paris, or Madrid, his home. DENIIAM. He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune ;...to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. * * * The most ordinary cause of a single life is liberty, especially in certain self-pleasing and...
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Lord Bacon's Essays: With a Sketch of His Life and Character, Reviews of His ...

Francis Bacon - 1867 - 440 pages
...disinherited. ESSAY XXIX. MARRIAGE AND SINGLE LIFE. HE that hath wife and children hath given hos- [1] tages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises either of virtue or mischief. Certainly [2] the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried...
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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source : Passages ...

John Bartlett - 1868 - 828 pages
...atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. Essay xvi. Atheism. He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune ;...to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Essay viii. Of Marriage and Single Life. Princes are like to heavenly bodies, which cause good or evil...
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Bacon's Essays

Francis Bacon - 1868 - 786 pages
...selfishness is caught from those who have least of it. VIII. OF MARRIAGE AND SINGLE LIFE. HE that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune ;...to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or...
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Bacon's Essays and Colours of Good and Evil

Francis Bacon - 1868 - 458 pages
...but seldome or never, where the Elder are disinherited. VIII JWarrtage an& Sbtngle Hife HE that hath Wife and Children, hath given Hostages to Fortune...they are Impediments, to great Enterprises, either of Vertue, or Mischiefe. Certainly, the best workes, and of greatest Merit for the Publike, have proceeded...
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Treasury of Choice Quotations

Treasury - 1869 - 474 pages
...greatest as not exempted from her power. Ecclesiastical Polity. Book \. FRANCIS BACON. 1561-1626. TTE that hath a wife and children hath given -*- -*- hostages...to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Essay viii. Of Marriage and Single Life. * There is a method in man's wickedness, It grows up by degrees....
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