Francis Bacon quote about love from The Essays of Francis Bacon - For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt.
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For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt.
 Francis Bacon, The Essays of Francis Bacon (1597). copy citation

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“For there was never proud man thought so absurdly well of himself, as the lover doth of the person loved; and therefore it was well said, That it is impossible to love, and to be wise. Neither doth this weakness appear to others only, and not to the party loved; but to the loved most of all, except the love be reciproque. For it is a true rule, that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt. By how much the more, men ought to beware of this passion, which loseth not only other things, but itself! As for the other losses, the poet's relation doth well figure them: that he that preferred Helena, quitted the gifts of Juno and Pallas.” source

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