Young men are fitter to invent than to judge, fitter for execution than for counsel, and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion.
Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Acorns were good till bread was found.
It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.