A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior..
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
Knowledge is power. I have taken all knowledge to by my province.
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain that the virtuous.
Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
If a man will begin in certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin in doubts he shall end in certainties.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, But depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
By far the best proof is experience.
A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.