Francis Bacon quote about strength from The Essays of Francis Bacon - Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid.
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Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid.
 Francis Bacon, The Essays of Francis Bacon (1597). copy citation

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“The lowest virtues draw praise from them; the middle virtues work in them astonishment or admiration; but of the highest virtues, they have no sense of perceiving at all. But shows, and species virtutibus similes, serve best with them. Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid. But if persons of quality and judgment concur, then it is (as the Scripture saith) nomen bonum instar unguenti fragrantis. It fireth all round about, and will not easily away. For the odors of ointments are more durable, than those of flowers.” source

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