Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
It was prettily devised of Aesop, ''The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, what dust do I raise! ''
They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
People of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon and seldom drive business home to it's conclusion, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
Age will not be defied.
Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.
Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.
Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.