I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious
This world's a bubble.
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order
Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses.
In charity there is no excess.
A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.
Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.
Charity begins at home but should not end there.