Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
– Francis Bacon
Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Opportunity makes a thief.
This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Acorns were good until bread was found.
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.