It cannot be denied that outward accidents conduce much fortune, but chiefly, the mold of a man’s fortune is in his hands.
If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.
Wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity.
The sum of behavior is to retain a man’s own dignity, without intruding upon the liberty of others.
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.
In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees.
Much bending breaks the bow; much unbending the mind.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.