If Atomes are as small, as small can bee,They must in quantity of Matter all agree
Thoughts are like stars in the firmament; some are fixed, others like the wandering planets, others again are only like meteors. Understanding is like the Sun, which gives light to all the thoughts. Memory is like the Moon, it hath its new, its full and its wane.
Everyone's conscience in religion is between God and themselves, and it belongs to none other.
who can Perswade more Powerfully than Poets?
A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils.
Pain and Oblivion make mankind afraid to die; but all creatures are afraid of the one, none but mankind afraid of the other.
For disorder obstructs: besides, it doth disgust life, distract the appetities, and yield no true relish to the senses.
As for plenty, we had not only for necessity, conveniency and decency, but for delight and pleasure to superfluity.
I think a bad husband is far worse than no husband ...
I would rather die in the adventure of noble achievements than live in obscure and sluggish security.
First, they were bred when I was not capable to observe or before I was born; likewise the breeding of men is of a different manner from that of women.
And not only my own brothers and sisters agreed so but my brothers and sisters in law; and their children, although but young, had the like agreeable natures and affectionate dispositions.
Marriage is the grave or tomb of wit.
Indeed I had not much wit, yet I was not an idiot - my wit was according to my years.
Indeed I did not stand as a beggar at the Parliament door, for I never was at the Parliament-House, nor stood I ever at the door as I do know or can remember; not as a petitioner I am sure.
Indeed, I was so afraid to dishonour my friends and family by my indiscreet actions, that I rather chose to be accounted a fool, than to be thought rude or wanton.
And though my Lord hath lost his estate and been banished out of his country, yet neither despised poverty nor pinching necessity could make him break the bonds of friendship or weaken his loyal duty.
And though I might have learnt more wit and advanced my understanding by living in a Court, yet being dull, fearful and bashful, I neither heeded what was said or practised, but just what belonged to my loyal duty and my own honest reputation.
In such misfortunes my Mother was of an heroic spirit, in suffering patiently when there was no remedy, and being industrious where she thought she could help.
Nature, being a wise and provident lady, governs her parts very wisely, methodically, and orderly: Also, she is very industrious and hates to be idle, which makes her employ her time as a good housewife doth.
The truth is, we [women] live like bats, or owls, labor like beasts, and die like worms.
My other brother, the Lord Lucas, who was heir to my father's estate, and as it were the father to take care of us all, is not less valiant than they were, although his skill in the discipline of war was not so much, not being bred therein.
Some brains are barren grounds, that will not bring seed or fruit forth, unless they are well manured with the old wit which is raked from other writers and speakers.
Prosperity is like perfume, it often makes the head ache.
one may be my very good friend, and yet not of my opinion ...
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