A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.
[Science is] the labor and handicraft of the mind.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that 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.
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
The result is often disappointing, but the process is highly exciting.
The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise. For the distance is altered, and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
The honorablest part of talk is to give the occasion, and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else; for then a man leads the dance.
Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Boldness is ever blind; for it seeth not dangers and inconveniences.