He that is rich is wise.
It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
Self-destruction is the effect of cowardice in the highest extreme.
Justice is always violent to the party offending, for each man is innocent in his own eyes.
Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes; Antiquity and birth are needless here; ‘Tis impudence and money makes a peer.
All our discontents spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.
Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.
The height of human wisdom is to bring our tempers down to our circumstances, and to make a calm within, under the weight of the greatest storm without.
Pride the first peer and president of hell.
And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who.
All the good things of this world are no further good than as they are of use; and whatever we may heap up to give to others, we enjoy only as much as we can make useful to ourselves and others, and no more.
Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
Why then should women be denied the benefits of instruction? If knowledge and understanding had been useless additions to the sex, God almighty would never have given them capacities.
When flatterers meet the devil goes to dinner.
He that opposes his own judgment against the consent of the times ought to be backed with unanswerable truths; and he that has truth on his side is a fool, as well as a coward, if he is afraid to own it because of other men’s opinions.
Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.
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