To conclude, therefore, let no man upon a weak conceit of sobriety or an ill-applied moderation think or maintain that a man can search too far, or be too well studied in the book of God’s word, or the book of God’s works, divinity or philosophy; but rather let men endeavor an endless progress or...
Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
Who then to frail mortality shall trust but limns on water, or but writes in dust
For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes
A man finds himself seven years older the day after his marriage.
We are much beholden to Machiavelli and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do . For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with the columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent; his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity,...
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great
The sun, which passeth through pollutions and itself remains as pure as before.
Chiefly the mold of a man’s fortune is in his own hands
A sudden, bold, and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open
What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to...
What then remains, but that we still should cry,/ Not to be born, or being born, to die?
Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.
God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain that the viruous.
The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men.
Champagne for my sham friends; real pain for my real friends.
Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Nay, the same Solomon the king, although he excelled in the glory of treasure and magnificent buildings, of shipping and navigation, of service and attendance, of fame and renown, and the like, yet he maketh no claim to any of those glories, but only to the glory of inquisition of truth; for so he saith...
Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way.
Who then to frail mortality shall trust,/ But limns the water, or but writes in dust.