Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider.
But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
Truth is a naked and open daylight.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
A good conscience is a continual feast.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
In charity there is no excess.
The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man’s body.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
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