No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
Authority and place demonstrate and try the tempers of men, by moving every passion and discovering every frailty.
To sing the same tune, as the saying is, is in everything cloying and offensive; but men are generally pleased with variety.
When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back.