Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
The fear of death is worse than death.
Category: Death And Dying
The devil is the author of confusion.
They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.
Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.
One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
What can't be cured must be endured.
England is paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy is a paradise for horses, hell for women.
Category: Nationalities And Nationalism
A mere scholar, a mere ass.
Category: Scholars And Scholarship
Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosophers stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases but as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale, 'Tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health; hellish, devilish and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul.
I may not here omit those two main plagues, and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people. They go commonly together.
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.