To doubt is worse than to have lost; And to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us.
A willing mind makes a hard journey easy.
True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn....
Be wise; soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.
We have not an hour of life in which our pleasures relish not some pain, our sours, some sweetness.
A diamond, though set in horns, is still a diamond, and sparkles in purest gold.
Man was mark'd
A friend in his creation to himself,
And may, with fit ambition, conceive
The greatest blessings, and the highest honors
Appointed for him, if he can achieve them
The right and noble way.
You may boldly say, you did not plough Or trust the barren and ungrateful sands With the fruitful grain of your religious counsels.
The good needs fear no law, It is his safety and the bad man's awe.
What a seaOf melting ice I walk on!
Virgin me no virgins! I must have you lose that name, or you lose me.
Greatness, with private men Esteem'd a blessing, is to me a curse; And we, whom, for our high births, they conclude The happy freemen, are the only slaves. Happy the golden mean!
I in my own house am an emperor, And will defend what's mine.
They are only safe That know to soothe the prince's appetite, And serve his lusts.
Nay, droop not, fellows; innocence should be bold.
Like a rough orator, that brings more truth Than rhetoric, to make good his accusation.
One grain of incense with devotion offer'd
'S beyond all perfumes of Sabaean spices.
Tis the only discipline we are born for; all studies else are but as circular lines, and death the center where they all must meet.
The over curious are not over wise.
Petitions, not sweetened with gold, are but unsavory and oft refused; or, if received, are pocketed, not read.
Black detraction will find faults where they are not.
Revenge, that thirsty dropsy of our souls, makes us covet that which hurts us most.
Their promises, but those obtained, weak pigmies
In their performance.
Ill news are swallow-winged, but what is good walks on crutches.
Gold--the picklock that never fails.
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