God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.
Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Virtue is like a rich stone best plain set.
Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.
Men's thoughts, are much according to their inclination; their discourse and speeches, according to their learning and infused opinions; but their deeds, are after as they have been accustomed.
Nature is often hidden; sometimes overcome; seldom extinguished.
Discretion of speech, is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him, with whom we deal, is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic. A man's own observation, what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health.
He that commands the sea is at great liberty, and may take as much and as little of the war as he will.
A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Be true to thyself, as thou be not false to others.
Fortune is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
The greatest trust, between man and man, is the trust of giving counsel. For in other confidences, men commit the parts of life; their lands, their goods, their children, their credit, some particular affair; but to such as they make their counsellors, they commit the whole: by how much the more, they are obliged to all faith and integrity.