To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.
No clap of thunder in a fair frosty day could astonish the world more than declaration of war against Holland in 1672.
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.
Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves.
The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home.
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they passed.
Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom; for no man easily distrusts the things which he and all men have been always bred up to.
Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.
The best rules to form a young man, are, to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.
The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others.
You may keep your beauty and your health, unless you destroy them yourself, or discourage them to stay with you, by using them ill.
I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose.
The first glass is for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the forth for my enemies.