Tell me. said a heathen philosopher to a Christian, “where is God.”—“First tell me,” said the other, “where he is not.”
The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
To know that which before us lies in daily life, is the prime wisdom; what is more is fume, or emptiness, or fond impertinence, and renders us, in things that most concern, unpracticed and unprepared.
Topics: Knowledge, Wisdom
Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place.
For man he seemsIn all his lineaments, though in his faceThe glimpses of his Fathers glory shine.
Where shame is, there is also fear.
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
The power of Kings and Magistrates is nothing else, but what is only derivative, transferrd and committed to them in trust from the People, to the Common good of them all, in whom the power yet remaines fundamentally, and cannot be takn from them, without a violation of thir natural birthright.
No institution which does not continually test its ideals, techniques and measure of accomplishment can claim real vitality.
What is the people but a herd confused, a miscellaneous rabble, who extol things vulgar, and well weigh’d, scarce worth the praise? they praise and they admire they know not what, and know not whom, but as one leads the other.
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