We see men fall from high estate on account of the very faults through which they attained it
Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them.
Most men make use of the first part of their life to render the last part miserable.
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
Outward simplicity befits ordinary men, like a garment made to measure for them; but it serves as an adornment to those who have filled their lives with great deeds: they might be compared to some beauty carelessly dressed and thereby all the more attractive.
All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest ma to do.
It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues.
Women run to extremes; they are either better or worse than men.
To laugh at men of sense is the privilege of fools.
Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.