Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun, the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying effect from the want of a body.
Mystery is not profoundness.
Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
Opinions, like showers, are generated in high places, but they invariably descend into lower ones, and ultimately flow down to the people as rain unto the sea.
Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.
Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another.
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength
Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.
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Pity is a thing often vowed, seldom felt; hatred is a thing often felt, seldom avowed.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.