Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
Many a man may thank his talent for his rank, but no man has ever been able to return the compliment by thanking his rank for his talent.
No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us.