Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
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Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
The images of men's wit and knowledge remain in books, exempted from the worry of time and capable of perpetual renovation.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
We gave ourselves for lost men, and prepared for death. Yet we did lift up our hearts and voices to God above, who "showeth His wonders in the deep".
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
It is a secret both in nature and state that it is safer to change many things than one.
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
The way of fortune, is like the Milken Way in the sky; which is a meeting or knot of a number of small stars; not seen asunder, but giving light together.
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.