Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
Whatever discoveries may have been made in the territory of self-love, there still remain in it many unknown tracts.
Self-love is more artful than the most artful man in the world.
The duration of our passions no more depends on ourselves than the duration of our lives.
Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever.
Those great and brilliant actions which daz-
- "It hath been well said that the arch flatterer, with whom all the petty flatterers have intelligence, is a man's self."—Bacon, Essay 10.