Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate and would not stay for an answer.
Truth is so hard to tell it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
Truth is a good dog but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error lest you get your brains kicked out.
Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
Truth is the daughter of time not of authority.
Friends are thieves of time.
Many a man's strength is in opposition and when he faileth he grows out of use.
Science is but an image of the truth.
If a man's wit be wandering let him study the mathematics.
Next to religion let your care be to promote justice.
It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
Nature is often hidden sometimes overcome seldom extinguished.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice which the more a man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
Nature to be commanded must be obeyed.
Money is like manure of very little use except it be spread.
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits but not when it misses.
Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
By indignities men come to dignities.
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast a flat lunch and a miserable dinner.
People usually think according to their inclinations speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions but generally act according to custom.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
Knowledge is power.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Hope is a good breakfast but it is a bad supper.
Antiquities are history defaced or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune for they are impediments to great enterprises either of virtue or mischief.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
He that gives good advice builds with one hand he that gives good counsel and example builds with both but he that gives good admonition and bad example builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
Acorns were good until bread was found.
God's first creature which was light.
But men must know that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us on this side of the grave.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism but larger amounts bring us back to God.
God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.
Friendship increases in visiting friends but in visiting them seldom.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
Natural abilities are like natural plants that need pruning by study and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large except they be bounded in by experience.
Travel in the younger sort is a part of education in the elder a part of experience.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead but only the stroke of death.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales so is the other.
Things alter for the worse spontaneously if they be not altered for the better designedly.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge fitter for execution than for counsel and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
Virtue is like a rich stone best plain set.
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.
Certainly the best works and of greatest merit for the public have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men.
The worst men often give the best advice.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Anger makes dull men witty but it keeps them poor.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
Life an age to the miserable and a moment to the happy.
Wives are young men's mistresses companions for middle age and old men's nurses.
I will never be an old man. To me old age is always 15 years older than I am.
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.