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Learning is like Scanderbeg?s sword, either good or bad according to him who hath it: an excellent weapon, if well used; otherwise, like a sharp razor in the hand of a child.
A foolish man in wealth and authority is like a weak-timbered house with a too-ponderous roof.
Harsh reproof is like a violent storm, soon washed down the channel; but friendly admonitions, like a small shower, pierce deep, and bring forth better reformation.
He that rectifies a crooked stick bends it the contrary way, so must he that would reform a vice learn to affect its mere contrary, and in time he shall see the springing blossoms of a happy restoration.
If a man be not so happy as he desires, let this be his comfort?he is not so wretched as he deserves.
It is better to be well deserving without praise than to live by the air of undeserved commendation.
Men are not rich or poor according to what they possess but to what they desire. The only rich man is he that with content enjoys a competence.
Outward perfection without inward goodness sets but the blacker dye on the mind?s deformity.
There are no riches like the sweetness of content, nor poverty comparable to the want of patience.
There is not half so much danger in the desperate sword of a known foe as in the smooth insinuations of a pretended friend.
Too much to lament a misery is the next way to draw on a remediless mischief.
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