There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.
Miguel de Cervantes
Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
Your grace's words have been like manure spread on the barren ground of my dry and uncultivated mind.
Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.
He spent whole days and nights over his books; and thus with little sleeping and much reading his brains dried up to such a degree that he lost the use of his reason.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and the goal of a good intention was never reached through its opposite, laziness.