There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.
Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.
Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.
Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve.
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.
To despise our own species is the price we must often pay for knowledge of it.
We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.
Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
Category: Law And Lawyers
Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
Category: Life And Living
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship, never.
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.
Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is to be sold and the other to be buried.
Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.