The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are. -Bacon, Francis

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The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are. -Bacon, Francis

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  1. Cochonfucius

    In order to be wiser than they seem, the French make a special effort to seem very foolish.

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    • dicocitations

      It hath been an opinion, that the French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem ,wiser than they are; but howsoever it be between nations, certainly it is so between man and man; for as the apostle saith of godliness, " Having a show of godliness, but denying the power thereof;" so certainly there are in points of wisdom and sufficiency, that do nothing or little very solemnly: "magno conatu nugas." It is a ridiculous thing, and fit for a satire to persons of judgment, to see what shifts these formalists have, and what prospectives to make superfices to seem body that hath depth and bulk. Some are so close and reserved, as they will not show their wares but by a dark light, and seem always to keep back somewhat; and when they know within themselves they speak of that they do not well know, would nevertheless seem to others to know of that which they may not well speak

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