We think according to nature. We speak according to rules. We act according to custom.
It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.
REVENGE is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Where a man cannot fitly play his own part; if he have not a friend, he may quit the stage.
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest.
The worst men often give the best advice.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
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.
The understanding must not therefore be supplied with wings, but rather hung with weights, to keep it from leaping and flying.
The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the image of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed. So the care of posterity is most in them that they have no posterity.
If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted.
People of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon and seldom drive business home to it's conclusion, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
Money is like manure, its only good if you spread it around.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
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.
Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
The images of men's wit and knowledge remain in books, exempted from the worry of time and capable of perpetual renovation.
Constancy is the foundation of virtues.