"A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner."

"A good name is like a precious ointment; it filleth all around about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers."

"A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."


"A prudent question is one-half of wisdom."

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."

"Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read."

"Boldness is ever blind; for it seeth not dangers and inconveniences."

"Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books."

"But men must know that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on."

"Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth."

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."

"Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable."

"Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home."

"Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason."

"God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures."

"God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation."

"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper."

"Hurl your calumnies boldly; something is sure to stick."

"If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world."

"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties."

"If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics."

"If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted."

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is."

"In charity there is no excess."

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."

"In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior."

"It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty."

"It is impossible to love and be wise."

"It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed."

"It is true that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other."

"Knowledge is power."

"Knowledge itself is power."

"Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true."

"Money is a great servant but a bad master."

"Money is like muck, not good except it be spread."

"Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished."

"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."

"No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth."

"Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise."

"Nothing is terrible except fear itself."

"Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it."

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider."

"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man."

"Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out."

"Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress."

"Riches are for spending."

"Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted."

"Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God."

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."

"The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express."

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."

"The joys of parents are secret; and so are their grief and fears."

"The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it."

"The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power."

"The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses."

"There are two ways of spreading light..to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

"There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise."

"There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying."

"There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame as to be found false and perfidious."

"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea."

"Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out."

"Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion."

"Vindictive persons live the life of witches; who, as they are mischievous, so end they infortunate."

"We cannot command Nature except by obeying her."

"When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative."

"Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul."

"Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses."

"Wonder is the seed of knowledge."

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