Man can have only a certain number of teeth, hair and ideas there comes a time when he necessarily loses his teeth, hair and ideas.
He who doesn't have the spirit of his time, has all its misery.
A fool is a person who guesses and gets it wrong, a clever man is one who guesses, regardless of time period, and gets it right
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
In this country England it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, to encourage the others. The reference is to Admiral John Byng, who was executed in 1757 for failing to prevent the French from taking Minorca.
I doubt not that in due time, when the arts are brought to perfection, some means will be found to give a sound head to a man who has none at all
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas.
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