He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages.
Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad masters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes.
The common people do not judge of vice or virtue by morality or immorality, so much as by the stamp that is set upon it by men of figure.
Some read books only with a view to find fault, while others read only to be taught; the former are like venomous spiders, extracting a poisonous quality, where the latter, like the bees, sip out a sweet and profitable juice.
A plodding diligence brings us sooner to our journey's end than a fluttering way of advancing by starts.
Men are not to be judged by their looks, habits, and appearances; but by the character of their lives and conversations, and by their works.
The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.
All duties are matters of conscience, with this restriction that a superior obligation suspends the force of an inferior one.
He that would live clear of envy must lay his finger on his mouth, and keep his hand out of the ink-pot.
A body may well lay too little as too much stress upon a dream; but the less he heed them the better.
It is one of the vexatious mortifications of a studious man to have his thoughts disordered by a tedious visit.
Tis not necessity, but opinion, that makes men miserable; and when we come to be fancy-sick, there's no cure.
To be longing for this thing to-day and for that thing to-morrow; to change likings for loathings, and to stand wishing and hankering at a venture--how is it possible for any man to be at rest in this fluctuant, wandering humor and opinion?
So long as we stand in need of a benefit, there is nothing dearer to us; nor anything cheaper when we have received it.
Some natures are so sour and ungrateful that they are never to be obliged.
Nothing is so fierce but love will soften; nothing so sharp-sighted in other matters but it will throw a mist before its eyes.
Money does all things,--for it gives and it takes away; it makes honest men and knaves, fools and philosophers; and so forward, mutatis mutandis, to the end of the chapter.
Imperfections would not be half so much taken notice of, if vanity did not make proclamation of them.
There are braying men in the world, as well as braying asses; for what is loud and senseless talking any other than away of braying?
Avarice is insatiable, and is always pushing on for more.
Unruly ambition is deaf, not only to the advice of friends, but to the counsels and monitions of reason itself.
Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.
The blessings of fortune are the lowest; the next are the bodily advantages of strength and health; but the superlative blessings, in fine, are those of the mind.
Resolve to see the world on the sunny side and you have almost won the battle at the outset.
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