We being satiate with continual wars, let the desire of peace a little move us.
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
There is no joy in possession without sharing.
Before you sleep, read something that is exquisite, and worth remembering.
By identifying the new learning with heresy, you make orthodoxy synonymous with ignorance.
Fortune favors the audacious.
Frugality is a handsome income.
Concealed talent brings no reputation.
The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.
Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.
A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Young bodies are like tender plants, which grow and become hardened to whatever shape you've trained them.
The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too, if I'm not mistaken, and I'll never lack priests to serve it as long as there are men.
It seems to me to be the best proof of an evangelical disposition, that persons are not angry when reproached, and have a Christian charity for those that ill deserve it.
'Tis an easier matter to raise the devil than to lay him.
A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
Your library is your paradise.
Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
The majority of the common people loathe war and pray for peace; only a handful of individuals, whose evil joys depend on general misery, desire war.
Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth.
Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.
It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.
From hence, no question, has sprung an observation ... confirmed now into a settled opinion, that some long experienced souls in the world, before their dislodging, arrive to the height of prophetic spirits.
When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
Besides, it happens (how, I cannot tell) that an idea launched like a javelin in proverbial form strikes with sharper point on the hearer's mind and leaves implanted barbs for meditation.
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself.
No one respects a talent that is concealed.
Apothegms are in history, the same as pearls in the sand, or gold in the mine.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
So our student will flit like a busy bee through the entire garden of literature, light on every blossom, collect a little nectar from each, and carry it to his hive.
Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short-lived.
Modern church music is so constructed that the congregation cannot hear one distinct word.
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
No Man is wise at all Times, or is without his blind Side.
War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.
A good prince will tax as lightly as possible those commodities which are used by the poorest members of society: grain, bread, beer, wine, clothing, and all other staples without which human life could not exist.
Surely there is nothing so ungracious, nor nothing so cruel, but men will hold therewith, if it be once approved by custom.
The opinion formulated by the Church has more value in my eyes than human reasons, whatever they may be.
Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.
Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known. This was the sound conclusion of the Academic sceptics, who were the least surly of philosophers.
If you look at history you'll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.
Eagles don't catch flies.
The wedlocks of minds will be greater than that of bodies.
A healthy conscience is like a wall of bronze.
There is nothing I congratulate myself on more heartily than on never having joined a sect.
Now what else is the whole life of mortals, but a sort of comedy in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each ones part until the manager walks them off the stage?
Of two evils choose the least.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgements of one another.
Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.
The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes.