Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.
When a man is made up wholly of the dove, without the least grain of the serpent in his composition, he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances of life, and very often discredits his best actions
To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
See they suffer death, But in their deaths remember they are men, Strain not the laws to make their tortures grievous.
Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both.
It is indeed very possible, that the Persons we laugh at may in the main of their Characters be much wiser Men than our selves; but if they would have us laugh at them, they must fall short of us in those Respects which stir up this Passion.
A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes that there is no virtue but on his own side, and that there are not men as honest as himself who may differ from him in political principles.
Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.
Cunning is only the mimic of discretion, and may pass upon weak men in the same manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom.