He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Speech of yourself ought to be seldom and well chosen.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed
Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible enjoy generally a greater share of dignity than of happiness.
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Before I start painting I have a slightly ambiguous feeling: happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later. That’s like life: it is so precious because death is always beckoning.
The feeling of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility.
Riches are for spending.
Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul.Men must not turn bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.