If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.
Occupy your mind with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones.
One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.
You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds.
Lord, give me a sense of humor so that I may take some happiness from this life and share it with others.
The things we pray for, good Lord, give us grace to labor for.
If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.
I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first.
For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.
Nobody owns anything but everyone is rich - for what greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?
Two evils, greed and faction are the destruction of all justice.
Take something from yourself, to give to another, that is humane and gentle and never takes away as much comfort as it brings again.
It's wrong to deprive someone else of a pleasure so that you can enjoy one yourself, but to deprive yourself of a pleasure so that you can add to someone else's enjoyment is an act of humanity by which you always gain more than you lose.
I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.
Because the soul has such deep roots in personal and social life and its values run so contrary to modern concerns, caring for the soul may well turn out to be a radical act, a challenge to accepted norms.
Getting married is like putting one's hand in a bag containing 99 serpents and one eel.
Everywhere do I percieve a certain conspiracy of rich men seeking their own advantage underthat name and pretext of commonwealth.
Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound.
Friendship demands attention.
Sex and religion are closer to each other than either might prefer.
Kindness and good nature unite men more effectually and with greater strength than any agreements whatsoever, since thereby the engagements of men's hearts become stronger than the bond and obligation of words.
It is a wise mans part, rather to avoid sickness, than to wish for medicines.
It is possible to live for the next life and still be merry in this.
We cannot go to heaven in featherbeds.
Anyone who campaigns for public office becomes disqualified for holding any office at all.
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