Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study
Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
The worst men often give the best advice.
The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man
Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution
Boldness is a child of ignorance
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Men in great place are thrice servants, - servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business.
Come home to men's business and bosoms.
Time is the measure of business.
Young men are fitter to invent than to judge, fitter for execution than for counsel, and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts: but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.