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Nature abhors a vacuum.
– Francois Rabelais
There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than, where naturally expecting charity and benevolence, they receive harm and vexation.
How can I govern others, who can’t even govern myself?
Tell the truth and shame the devil.
If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking glass.
Debts and lies are generally mixed together.
I drink no more than a sponge.
Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.
The farce is finished. I go to seek a vast perhaps.
Half the world does not know how the other half lives.
When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.
Believe me, ’tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
How shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself?
One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools.
Science without conscience is the death of the soul.
To good and true love fear is forever affixed.
Friends, you will notice that in this world there are many more ballocks than men. Remember this.
There are more old drunkards than old physicians.
Everything comes in time to those who can wait.
A bellyful is a bellyful.
Time, which wears down and diminishes all things, augments and increases good deeds, because a good turn liberally offered to a reasonable man grows continually through noble thought and memory.
I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could.
No clock is more regular than the belly.
If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks.
We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.
In their rules there was only one clause: Do what you will.