For such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; Yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves: For they see their own wit at hand, and other men's at a distance.
Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
For Prudence, is but Experience; which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
Moral philosophy is nothing else but the science of what is good, and evil, in the conversation, and society of mankind. Good, and evil, are names that signify our appetites, and aversions; which in different tempers, customs, and doctrines of men, are different.
A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.
That a man be willing, when others are so too, as far forth as for peace and defense of himself he shall think it necessary, to lay down this right to all things; and be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself.
To understand this for sense it is not required that a man should be a geometrician or a logician, but that he should be mad.
The condition of Man...is a condition of Warre of every one against every one.
Man gives indifferent names to one and the same thing from the difference of their own passions; as they that approve a private opinion call it opinion; but they that mislike it, heresy: and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.
Corporations may lesser commonwealths in the bowels of a greater, like worms in the entrails of a natural man.
For a mans Conscience, and his Judgement is the same thing; and as the Judgement, so also the Conscience may be erroneous.
The flesh endures the storms of the present alone; the mind, those of the past and future as well as the present. Gluttony is a lust of the mind.
Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.
Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.
Intemperance is naturally punished with diseases; rashness, with mischance; injustice; with violence of enemies; pride, with ruin; cowardice, with oppression; and rebellion, with slaughter.
The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.