Patience, the beggar’s virtue, shall find no harbor here.
Cheerful looks make every dish a feast; and it is that which crowns a welcome.
The soul is strong that trusts in goodness.
I know the sum of all that makes a man—a just man—happy, consists in the well choosing of his wife; and then well to discharge it, does require equality of years, of birth, of fortune.
Topics: Marriage, Wife
For any man to match above his rank, is but to sell his liberty.
The good need fear no law; it is his safety, and the bad man’s awe.
He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself, richly endued with depth of understanding and height of knowledge.
Topics: Self-Knowledge, Government, Control, Self-Control, Power, Discipline
To doubt is worse than to have lost; And to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us.
He is not valiant that dares to die; but he that boldly bears calamity.
He that doth public good for multitudes, finds few are truly grateful.
Out, you impostors; quack-salving, cheating mountebanks; your skill is to make sound men sick, and sick men to kill.
Petitions not sweetened with gold, are but unsavory, and often refused; or if received, are pocketed, not read.
True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.
We have not an hour of life in which our pleasures relish not some pain, our sours, some sweetness.
Without good company all dainties lose their true relish, and like painted grapes, are only seen, not tasted.
He who would govern others should first be master of himself.
There’s no want of meat, sir; portly and curious viands are prepared to please all kinds of appetites.
He doth allot for every exercise a several hour; for sloth, the nurse of vices and rust of action is a stranger to him.
How sweetly sounds the voice of a good woman! When it speaks it ravishes all senses.
Quiet night, that brings rest to the laborer, is the outlaw’s day, in which he rises early to do wrong, and when his work is ended, dares not sleep.
Happy those who knowing they are subject to uncertain changes, are prepared and armed for either fortune; a rare principle, and with much labor learned in wisdom’s school.
As the index tells the contents of the book, and directs to the particular chapter, even so do the outward habit and garments, in man or woman, give us a taste of the spirit, and point to the internal quality of the soul; and there cannot be a more evident and gross manifestation of poor, degenerate, dung-hilly blood and breeding, than a rude, unpolished, disordered, and slovenly outside.
Like virgin parchment, capable of any inscription.
I have play’d the fool, the gross fool, to believe the bosom of a friend would hold a secret mine own could not contain.
The over curious are not over wise.
O summer friendship, whose flattering leaves, shadowed us in our prosperity, With the least gust, drop off in the autumn of adversity.
Valor employ’d in an ill quarrel, turns to cowardice; and virtue then puts on foul vice’s vizor.
Malice scorned, puts out itself; out argued, gives a kind of credit to a false accusation.
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