Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
Secrecy is the soul of all great designs.
There is this difference between the two temporal blessings - health and money; money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed; health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied; and this superiority of the latter is still more obvious when we reflec
Time, the cradle of hope.... Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it: he that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.
There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.
We often regret we did not do otherwise, when that very otherwise would, in all probability, have done for us.
Revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude
Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes
Vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be lost than to be saved
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer
Sloth, if it has prevented many crimes, has also smothered many virtues.
When in reading we meet with any maxim that may be of use, we should take it for our own, and make an immediate application of it, as we would of the advice of a friend whom we have purposely consulted.
There is this paradox in pride -- it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.
He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.