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All men would be tyrants if they could.
– Daniel Defoe
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late.
All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.
Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.
It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled.
Pride the first peer and president of hell.
As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares.
He that is rich is wise.
An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch.
‘Tis no sin to cheat the devil.
Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.
I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women.