Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
Death is a friend of ours and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Some books are to be tasted, others swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth man's minds about to religion.
Natural abilities are like natural plants they need pruning by study.
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Never exaggerate your faults. Your friends will attend to that.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy but in passing it over, he is superior.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.
Men in Great Place are thrice Servants Servants of the Sovereign or State Servants of Fame and Servants of Business It is strange desire to seek Power and to lose Liberty.
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
A prudent question is onehalf of wisdom.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.