But words came halting forth, wanting Invention
Topics: Authors & Writing
No sword bites so fiercely as an evil tongue.
No decking sets forth anything so much as affection.
The truly great and good, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm tree, to strive most upwards when it is most burdened.
It is a lively spark of nobleness to descend in most favor to one when he is lowest in affliction.
In actions of life, who seeth not the filthiness of evil wanteth a great foil to perceive the beauty of virtue.
Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
They are never alone who are accompanied by noble thoughts.
Ambition thinks no face so beautiful, as that which looks from under a crown.
In all exigencies or miseries, lamentation becomes fools, and action wise folk.
Fear is more painful to cowardice than death to true courage.
Whatever comes out of despair cannot bear the title of valor, which should be lifted up to such a height, that holding all things under itself, it should be able to maintain its greatness, even in the midst of miseries.
Malice, in its false witness, promotes its tale with so cunning a confusion, so mingles truths with falsehoods, surmises with certainties, causes of no moment with matters capital, that the accused can absolutely neither grant nor deny, plead innocence nor confess guilt.
My dear, my better half.
Youths will never live to age unless they keep themselves in breath by exercise, and in heart by joyfulness. Too much thinking doth consume the spirits; and oft it falls out, that while one thinks too much of doing, he fails to do the effect of his thinking.
Topics: Youth, Health
It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary, and when grace doth most avail.
In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of foretaken opinions; else whatsoever is done or said, will be measured by a wrong rule: like them who have the jaundice, to whom everything appeareth yellow.
Topics: Judgment, Prejudice
We become willing servants to the good by the bonds their virtues lay upon us.
Come, Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace,
The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe,
The poor man’s wealth, the prisoner’s release,
Th’ indifferent judge between the high and low.
Topics: Sleep, Relaxation
All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.
In victory, the hero seeks the glory, not the prey.
Men are almost always cruel on their neighbors’ faults, and make the overthrow of others the badge of their own ill-masked virtue.
Vice is but a nurse of agonies.
Without mounting by degrees, a man cannot attain to high things; and the breaking of the ladder still casteth a man back, and maketh the thing wearisome, which was easy.
With a tale, for sooth, he comet unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.
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