An Englishman, being flattered, is a lamb; threatened, a lion.
The best way to accomplish something is to just do it, and then find the courage afterward.
Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.
Love is Natures second sun.
Young men think old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools.
Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee. Light gains make heavy purses. 'Tis good to be merry and wise.
The incompetent quickly throws himself into another impressive enterprise in order to escape his responsibility from previous disaster.
Let pride go afore, shame will follow after.
Danger, the spur of all great minds.
Fate's such a shrewish thing.
Promise is most given when the least is said.
Fair words never hurt the tongue.
I will neither yield to the song of the siren nor the voice of the hyena, the tears of the crocodile nor the howling of the wolf.
An ill weed grows apace.
Give me a spirit that on this life's rough sea Loves t'have his sails filled with a lusty wind, Even till his sail-yards tremble, his masts crack, And his ship run on her side so low That she drinks water, and her keel plows air.
Ignorance is the mother of admiration.
As night the life-inclining stars best shows, So lives obscure the starriest souls disclose.
There is a nick in Fortune's restless wheel For each man's good.
Who hath no faith to man, to God hath none.
They're only truly great who are truly good.
Let no man under value the price of a virtuous woman's counsel.
Poetry, unlike oratory, should not aim at clarity... but be dense with meaning, 'something to be chewed and digested'.
Each natural agent works but to this end,- To render that it works on like itself.
Perfect happiness, by princes sought, Is not with birth born, nor exchequers bought.
Pure innovation is more gross than error.
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