No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
Above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is Nunc dimittis, when a man hath obtained worthy ends and expectations. Death hath this also, that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy.
What is it then to have or have no wife, But single thraldom, or a double strife
The best preservative to keep the mind on health is the faithful admonition of a friend.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
For also knowledge itself is power.
It is a secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many things than one.
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
I hold every man a debtor to his profession.
A king is one who has few things to desire and many things to fear.
A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time.
It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
The light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever infused and drenched in his affections and customs.
Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen.
One of the Seven was wont to say 'Laws were like cobwebs where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through.'
The eye of the understanding is like the eye of the sense for as you may see great objects through small crannies or holes, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances.
Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.
People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
It is nothing won to admit men with an open door, yet to receive them with a shut and reserved countenance.
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
To say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards Men.
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
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