We are in the world like men playing at tables; the chance is not in our power, but to pay it is; and when it is fallen, we must manage it as we can.
Many are idly busy. Domitian was busy, but then it was in catching flies.
The private and personal blessings we enjoy, the blessings of immunity, safeguard, liberty and integrity, deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying.
He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he be exalted above his neighbors because he hath more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine.
Revenge is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
In sickness the soul begins to dress herself for immortality. And first she unties the strings of vanity that make her upper garments cleave to the world and sit uneasy.
No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition.
Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hard, and there is no knowledge that is not power.
Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquility of thy life.