Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us, because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure.
The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretenses are transparent.
The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.
To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.''
Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though the commandments of God be not grievous, yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy.
Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.
They who are in the highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are the most observed.
Sincerity is like traveling on a plain, beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey's end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves.
Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.