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Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
It is as natural to die as to be born and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
Men in Great Place are thrice Servants Servants of the Sovereign or State Servants of Fame and Servants of Business It is strange desire to seek Power and to lose Liberty.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth man's minds about to religion.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
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.
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
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.
For those who intend to discover and to understand, not to indulge in conjectures and soothsaying, and rather than contrive imitation and fabulous worlds plan to look deep into the nature of the real world and to dissect it -- for them everything must be sought in things themselves.
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Houses are built to live in, not to look on therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant to attain , in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts but if we begin with doubts, and we are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant perhaps the one is as painful as the other.
Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
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