Nothing is there to come, and nothing past, But an eternal Now does always last.
What shall I do to be for ever known, And make the age to come my own?
The present is all the ready money Fate can give.
Life is an incurable disease.
Gold begets in brethren hate; Gold in families debate; Gold does friendship separate; Gold does civil wars create.
Man is too near all kinds of beasts,–a fawning dog, a roaring lion, a thieving fox, a robbing wolf, a dissembling crocodile, a treacherous decoy, and a rapacious vulture.
As for being much known by sight, and pointed out, I cannot comprehend the honor that lies withal; whatsoever it be, every mountebank has it more than the best doctor.
All this world’s noise appears to me a dull, ill-acted comedy!
To be a husbandman, is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather, a retreat from the world, as it is man’s, into the world, as it is God’s.
There have been fewer friends on earth than kings.
The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it be of government; the liberty of a private man, in being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God and of his country.
Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.